ERIC Number: ED219917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Must Normalization Mean Settling for the Norm? Socialization of Retarded Students to the World of Work.
The paper reviews literature relating to the developing of work socialization or employment skills in young mentally retarded children. The following areas are covered: work socialization for normal children in school settings, the concerns raised by critics regarding work socialization, the extent to which work socialization for young retarded children is parallel to that in typically elementary schools, the extent to which an analysis of work socialization for typical children provides guidelines for desirable features in curriculum and classroom practice for retarded children, and nontraditional sources of information for establishing meaningful work socialization for retarded students. Among the criticisms of the work socialization system are the costs to the students of work socialization in the schools and the limited access which retarded students have to gainful employment. Differences in work socialization between normal and retarded students include the amount of time required and the level of teacher expectation. Three procedural strategies to identify work socialization skills useful for retarded students in the workplace are--ecological inventories, use of retarded workers as resources, and involvement of advocacy groups. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).