ERIC Number: ED258382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-7
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the School to Work Transition for Learning Disabled Students and the Learning Disabled Adult in Society in the Netherlands and Denmark. Final Report, April 14, 1984 to May 26, 1984.
Gerber, Paul Jay
The report summarizes findings of 6 weeks spent in the Netherlands and Denmark to study services provided to learning disabled (LD) young adults and adults. The school to work transition for LD students is examined along with the LD adult in society, and comparisons are made between Dutch and Danish approaches. The Dutch system, highly structured and restrictive, is seen to be in transition with increasing emphasis placed on integration. Social pressures such as high unemployment intensify school to work problems, but flexibility is provided in secondary school training. LD adults are absorbed by societal systems with little consideration for school-related problems. Transition programs in Denmark are described as well integrated and highly flexible. Danish Folk High Schools which deemphasize scholastic-specific study are seen as examples of educational diversity. The role of the kurator in the transition process is described, as are the sequences in the Danish vocational education and training programs. Ways in which the Danish system accommodates LD adults and promotes full integration are noted. Implications for U.S. practices are briefly considered. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Secondary, Transitional, and Postsecondary Education for Exceptional Youth (Boston, MA, March 7-9, 1985).