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ERIC Number: ED310610
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 84
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Value-Critical Approach to Transition Policy Analysis.
DeStefano, Lizanne; Snauwaert, Dale
The monograph examines the roles of the two federal policy units, special education and vocational rehabilitation, that have the greatest impact on the initiative to improve services to disabled students in their transition from school to work. Chapter 1 is devoted to a discussion of the two methodologies used in the study: the value-critical approach to policy analysis and legislative history. Chapter 2 presents the legislative history of special education. Chapter 3 discusses briefly the federal disability policy system and presents a legislative history of vocational rehabilitation. Chapter 4 considers the interaction between special education and vocational rehabilitation from a value-critical perspective. It is argued that there exists a value conflict between the two systems that jeopardizes the transition initiative. A fundamental conflict in the transition policy system is seen between the values of equality and efficiency. Because of this, special education must assume the responsibility for transition. Reliance upon the adult service system as an intermediary link in transition must be minimal. Court action to secure adult services will probably increase but it is questionable whether such mandates will be implemented given the political and fiscal climate. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Secondary Transition Intervention Effectiveness Inst.