ERIC Number: ED159455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Education Readiness Test Manual.
Thomas, Edward L.; And Others
This manual provides vocational instructors in public schools with standardized procedures in the form of a Vocational Education Readiness Test (VERT) for assessing the vocational potential of educable mentally handicapped (EMR) secondary school students. The various stages of VERT's development are traced: (1) visits with vocational trade instructors to determine the manipulative skills they perceive as prerequisites to vocational training; (2) consultations with special education personnel to determine the proper procedure and considerations for assessing manipulative skills of EMRs; (3) review of the VERT tests by a panel of vocational and special education personnel; (4) pilot testing by sixty-four tenth graders, equally divided between EMR and regular students; and (5) administration of the tests to 115 regular and 108 EMR students in grades 10 and 11 to determine group means and standard deviations for each test task (the results of which are furnished for comparative purposes in Appendix C). VERT, which should be administered to the student on two separate occasions to measure manipulative skill growth over a two-year period, contains tests for the areas of auto mechanics, basic wiring, carpentry, home economics (clothing construction), masonry, and plumbing. Each subject module includes an outline of test objectives and needed tools, nine to eighteen tasks with preliminary demonstrations of their performance by the evaluator, and scoring result sheets. General instructions are also provided regarding test site considerations, time factors, and evaluator's observation techniques. (ELG)
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Electric Circuits, Eye Hand Coordination, Home Economics, Masonry, Mild Mental Retardation, Object Manipulation, Plumbing, Secondary Education, Skill Analysis, Skill Development, Task Performance, Test Interpretation, Testing, Vocational Aptitude, Woodworking
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Research and Curriculum Unit for Vocational and Technical Education, State College.