ERIC Number: ED316647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Participation of Special Education Students in High School Vocational Education: The Influence of School Characteristics.
Using data from the High School Transcript Study of the Class of 1987--more commonly known as the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) Transcript Study--a project explored the characteristics distinguishing schools that enroll large proportions of their handicapped students in vocational education. The study found that schools serving disadvantaged populations and schools with relatively large enrollments enrolled fewer handicapped students in vocational education overall and fewer handicapped students in mainstream vocational education courses. These schools also provided fewer vocational education offerings to nonhandicapped students, although the trend was more pronounced with handicapped students. Some of the explanations for these findings are that small schools are friendlier and more accepting of disabled students, that the climate of small schools fosters a sense of community that carries over to their treatment of handicapped students, and that larger, older schools have more traditional programs and are more reluctant to incorporate handicapped students into the regular vocational curriculum. In addition, schools with large percentages of disadvantaged students may have fewer financial resources and/or may use their resources to serve the disadvantaged population and not handicapped students. (KC)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Enrollment Influences, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Mainstreaming, School Demography, School Effectiveness, School Size, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Student Participation, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.