ERIC Number: ED304867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Adapting Learning Contexts to Develop Desirable Personal and Vocational Traits.
This paper outlines a method for meeting the vocational needs of students with mild disabilities and the instructional demands placed on both teacher and student, without sacrificing time devoted to content areas. By manipulating the existing curriculum and environment, educators can cultivate the skills necessary for success in the working world. Studies have shown that common reasons for employee terminations are tardiness, inability to follow directions, not taking work seriously, poor attitude toward the public, and absenteeism. These abilities, expectations, and standards are areas in which students may need coaching and training. Through mainstreaming into a regular classroom, the student will learn many of the necessary skills to be successful in the marketplace. Important personality and employability traits include organization, decision-making, proper use of time, ability to work in a group, dependability, sense of fairness, and pride in work. Specific lessons are presented which are designed to maintain the essence of a content area lesson, yet help to build necessary personality traits and work ethics; these lessons focus on reading, social studies, and letter writing. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Preconvention Training Program "Exploring the Theory/Practice Link in Special Education" at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 2-3, 1989).