ERIC Number: ED192010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Educable Mentally Retarded in a Multi-Occupational Program.
Ricci, Anthony, Jr.
Although educable mentally retarded (EMR) students exhibit deficiencies in general intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, they, like other children, need successful school experiences and a vocation. They can develop personal and social skills necessary to obtain and hold jobs. Federal legislation has made career preparation of EMR students a concern of vocational education. The hands-on learning provided in vocational education and its relationship to the world of work make vocational education the best place for EMR students seeking job entry skill. Specific EMR student prevocational and vocational training needs must be assessed. A study sought to determine the success of the Oneida County (New York) prevocational multi-occupational training program in helping EMR students enter regular occupational programs, regular work experience programs, or full-time employment. Analysis of data from a questionnaire given to Oneida County teachers of EMR students reveals that 89 percent of the program's seventeen students entered a regular vocational program. Questionnaire-based recommendations include better preparation of EMR students to tolerate failure, acquaintance of students with various available jobs and agencies that help with job training and placement, and an attempt to get more guidance and evaluation help from outside sources. (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Career Awareness, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Definitions, Federal Legislation, Mild Mental Retardation, Needs Assessment, Occupational Clusters, Prevocational Education, Questionnaires, School Role, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Youth
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Utica. Coll. of Technology.