ERIC Number: ED176011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Job Survival Skills of Youthful Offenders: A Needs Assessment and Curriculum Development Project. Final Report.
Wiederanders, Mark R.; And Others
The purpose of this project was to assess needs in job survival skills of those persons released from California Youth Authority incarceration and then to develop and field-test a curriculum to upgrade the skills which appear weakest. Interviews of a representative sample of 145 parolees were conducted. Findings include some of the following: over 90 percent had found work during the first year of parole, but jobs were lost or given up very rapidly; typically, jobs were low-paying and required few skills; about 30 percent had been fired from at least one job, and 66 percent had quit at least one job; and problems in interpersonal relationships on the job were related both to being fired from a job and to quitting. These findings were used to develop a high-activity, low reading level course consisting of five modules: (1) motivation and orientation to job survival skills; (2) matching skills and interests to jobs; (3) job seeking skills; (4) job getting skills; and (5) job maintenance skills. In a field-test of the course, there were some significant pre- post-class attitude changes about work among twenty-six completers, and the course received very high ratings by students. Subsequent employment indicators of participants were judged as being favorable. (Author/JH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Delinquency, Educational Needs, Employment Interviews, Employment Problems, Interpersonal Competence, Job Application, Job Skills, Learning Modules, Motivation, Needs Assessment, Persistence, Research Reports, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Interests, Youth Employment, Youth Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of the Youth Authority, Sacramento.