ERIC Number: ED311662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Effectiveness: Two Case Studies of Transition Model Programs.
Stake, Robert E.; And Others
This monograph describes the activities of the second year of a 5-year program of Transition Institute research to understand and assist evaluation of demonstration transition programs for students moving from special education to work and adult living. A case study approach was used to create a description of two transition programs, based on the perspectives of the various kinds of program participants and sensitive to the situational context in which the program operates. A Santa Barbara (California) School District project focused on transition issues of Mexican-American parents, problems with interagency agreements, the importance of a shared view of transition, and the perceptions of project staff concerning the ideal evaluation report. The second case study, of a community college program in Grays Harbor, Washington, was selected because it involved private sector coordinators who were not previously experienced in special education, an economically depressed community with high unemployment, and an outside evaluator whose previous work was known to be of high quality. The case study deals with the notion of local success versus national model, the effects of overpromising in grant applications, the evaluator's role in project development, generalizability, and reasonable expectations for evaluation. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Secondary Transition Intervention Effectiveness Inst.