ERIC Number: ED304833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Career/Vocational Assessment. Chapter Five.
Sitlington, Patricia L.
An overview is provided of the career/vocational assessment process as applied to individuals with mental disabilities. Types of information that need to be gathered can be grouped into seven basic categories: medical; functional academic skills; interests and environmental preferences; interpersonal skills; work habits and attitudes; learning style; dexterity, endurance, and general vocational skills; and specific vocational skills required for a specific type of occupation. Basic techniques used in career/vocational assessment consist of: reviews of previous records; interviews with parents, the student, former teachers, and employers; paper-and-pencil tests; manual dexterity tests; commercial assessment systems; self-developed work samples; and situational assessment instruments. Described are a number of literature-based models for combining the techniques discussed into an assessment process that can be implemented in the schools. Best practices are recommended in the following areas: definition, purpose, and goals of the career/vocational assessment process; the process and methods utilized; and personnel to be involved. Appendices contain a checklist titled "Types of Information to be Gathered During the Vocational/Career Assessment Process" and descriptions and samples of paper/pencil tests, manual dexterity tests, and commercial systems. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Robinsin, Greg A., Ed., and others. "Best Practices in Mental Disabilities. Volume Two"; see EC 212 523.