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ERIC Number: ED315613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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Can Vocational Education Make a Difference for the Mildly Handicapped?
Gill, Douglas H.
The Pierce County Cooperative is a vocational and special education consortium of 12 school districts in the western part of Washington State. The Cooperative strives to improve the job entry capability and postsecondary educational opportunity for mildly handicapped learners within the participating districts by facilitating functional partnerships between vocational and special education. The program includes data collection, staff development, and onsite consultative assistance. Effective collaboration has been demonstrated by ongoing staff and administrator communication. Effective programming within the district/building seems to be characterized by attempts to provide preplacement planning, individual educational plan (IEP) collaboration, instructional support, and postplacement planning. An evaluation of program effectiveness was conducted by comparing 120 mildly handicapped Cooperative graduates to a baseline group of 120 similar students who graduated during the 3 years before program implementation, as well as to a group of 564 high school graduates. The study showed that the students who graduated from the Cooperative were either finding employment or were enrolling in postsecondary programs at significantly higher rates than the comparison groups. This was especially true for learning disabled students--mildly retarded students showed little change pre- and post-Cooperative. The study concluded that vocational education can be useful for special education students if care and resources are used in developing a cooperative program. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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