ERIC Number: ED308652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-9
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Learning Experiences for Mentally Handicapped Students in a School Store.
A supermarket chain supplies a small grocery store in an elementary school in Jefferson County, Kentucky. The store program seeks to provide learning experiences for students, as they make selections, spend their earnings, and save for later purchases. Students with multiple handicaps and students with severe/profound handicaps shop in the store each week, spending their earnings from school attendance, homework completion, classwork completion, and appropriate behavior. The store serves as a motivation for some students, while at the same time it gives students an opportunity to learn appropriate behavior in a normal setting. Observations of the two groups of students showed varying degrees of independence in their shopping. Teacher interviews revealed that the school store program helped the students learn acceptable behavior skills, independent decision-making, and the value of money. A parent survey found that the majority of parents felt that their children were more interested in grocery shopping and had more knowledge of money after being involved in the school store program. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Louisville, KY, November 8-11, 1988).