ERIC Number: ED260538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Networking Needs in Vocational Special Education.
Greenan, James P.
The study was designed to identify problems, needs, effectiveness, and interests in enhancing personnel development networking activities for professionals working with handicapped students in transition from school to work. A needs survey was developed based on a research review and comments by a panel of experts. The instrument asked respondents to rate 10 problem areas in vocational education, special education and rehabilitation and to list and rate effectiveness of networks or resources which they have used. Respondents (N=416) were identified by state consultants. Results suggested that several problems were of particular importance to vocational teachers: needs assessment, least restrictive environment/mainstreaming and program evaluation. Minority group Ss also cited least restrictive environmental mainstreaming as a signficant problem area. Psychologists, counselors, researchers, vocational evaluators, and parents/advocates cited problems in interagency/organizational collaboration and school to work transition services. Vocational teachers, teacher educators, and persons with doctorates pointed to concerns for preservice and inservice programing and/or certification problems and issues. Findings further suggested the existence of several effective networking strategies and resources including newsletters, computer linkages, and conferences. Six recommendations are offered for practice, three for research, and two for policy. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Coll. of Education.
Note: A publication of the National Network for Professional Development in Vocational Special Education.