ERIC Number: ED227366
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Exemplary Programs and Practices in Vocational Education for Learners with Special Needs. Research and Development Series No. 156.
Malak, Sharon; And Others
This study was designed to identify and document programs and practices that demonstrated responsible success with special needs students in the areas of assessment, prevocational training, support services, coping skills, counseling, basic educational skills, and job placement. Data were obtained from more than 121 programs and from 16 visited sites. The programs were identified by state personnel, technical panel members, consultants, practitioners in the field, a review of the litearture, and staff of the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. Educational need areas of the special students in these programs were identified as adequate assessment of interests and abilities, personal coping and communication skills, remedial basic education skills, special prevocational training, and supplemental support services. The major strengths of the programs were found in the kinds of practitioner interventions that correspond to the critical needs areas. The major interventions were the use of the following: (1) diagnostic tools; (2) activities to aid students in coping with interpersonal and economic problems; (3) individualized, self-paced remedial education in basic skills; (4) activities to increase occupational awareness and increase opportunities for work experience; and (5) supportive services. The study can serve as a basis for the development of preservice and inservice training materials for vocational teachers, counselors, and administrators. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Correctional Education, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Exceptional Persons, Gifted, Mainstreaming, Migrant Education, Minority Groups, Needs Assessment, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Programs, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.