ERIC Number: ED311635
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Project STEP: Socialization Training for Employment Preparation Research in Education of the Handicapped. Final Report.
The study investigated the initial and long term efficacy of job-related social skills instruction for mildly to moderately handicapped adolescents identified as learning disabled, emotionally handicapped, and educable mentally handicapped. Assessment consisted of behavioral observations of students' performance during role play simulations. Rating scales were also utilized to measure students' self perceptions and perceptions of their parents and teachers of social performance across settings and time. Highly significant differences were detected on posttest measures between the treatment group (N=24) who received direct instruction in 10 job-related social skills and a matched control group (N=25) indicating the effectiveness of the social skills training package for this population. Analyses of responses on the student, parent, and teacher surveys were more ambiguous. However, some positive changes in social performance were perceived by the students and their teachers over the academic year. Results suggested that the training procedures were effective in increasing mildly to moderately handicapped students' performance on job-related social skills under controlled conditions. Although students and their teachers perceived relative increases in social skills over time, generalization of treatment effects to natural work settings was not systematically investigated. Extensive appendixes include the job social skills inventory, student and employer job reports, and copies of project publications. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. Center for Excellence in Education.