ERIC Number: ED312804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Secondary School to Work Transition Research Project Emphasizing Transitions to Work and Leisure Roles. Final Report.
Edwards, Jean P.; And Others
The purpose of the project described in this paper was to conduct research on curricular strategies that would facilitate successful transition of handicapped youth from public school to postsecondary work and leisure environments. The curriculum strategies involved teaching skills in searching for leisure activities prior to introducing a job search curriculum for an intervention group of mildly mentally retarded and learning-disabled high-school students. Findings showed that 81% of mildly handicapped high-school students receiving a job search education found employment, while 58% of a similar group of students without special training found jobs. Intervention group students used six out of seven possible job search techniques, while control group students reported using only two out of seven. The intervention group found jobs that could be grouped in seven different occupational areas, whereas the control group found jobs in only five different occupational areas. Parents assisted students during the job search primarily by helping with job applications, providing transportation, and networking with friends for job leads. Transition programs are urged to include training in using the phone book and in developing networking skills. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR.