ERIC Number: ED312807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking System for Mentally Retarded Youth in Transition.
Goldbach, Robert L.
A tracking system which monitors Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) mentally retarded students leaving the school system to make their transition to adult life, was developed to: (1) enhance the prospects for successful follow-up; (2) enable program planners to conduct systematic inquiries regarding the abilities, living arrangements, and work situations of youth in transition; (3) supply service providers with valuable subfiles of mentally retarded youth in various circumstances of need; and (4) facilitate research on the problems and opportunities of such youth. The tracking system is designed to be used with two types of software: "dBaseIII+" for data entry and database management, and "SPSS/PC+" for statistical analysis. The system has mechanisms for achieving initial data collection, follow-up interview data collection, file standardization, and data analysis. A user's guide to the tracking system which outlines the options from which the user can construct a suitable tracking "package," and delineates the commands and procedures the tracking system uses to perform specific tasks, is provided. Technical notes, codebooks, diagrams of data entry screens, and a summary of the "dBase" file structure are contained in the appendix. (JDD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Database Management Systems, Education Work Relationship, Employment, Followup Studies, High Schools, Management Information Systems, Mental Retardation, Postsecondary Education, Statistical Analysis, Transitional Programs
Health and Welfare PLANNING Association, 200 Ross St., 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2067 ($12.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Health and Welfare PLANNING Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania