ERIC Number: ED321460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-24
Non-Academic Competencies for Elementary Level Students with Visual Impairments.
The study identified elementary level non-academic employment competencies needed by students with visual impairments. The first phase of the study validated and prioritized 32 competencies needed for successful employment of adults with visual impairments. Competencies were rated by 141 professionals including coordinators of services for disabled university students, vocational rehabilitation counselors, personnel officers, and adult employees with visual impairments. A high level of agreement was found between groups of raters. The second phase involved the development and administration of an instrument comprised of 464 subcompetencies. Competencies were grouped into five domains: (1) daily living skills, (2) personal-social skills, (3) communication skills, (4) occupational information, and (5) orientation and mobility. Twenty-eight teachers rated 53 visually impaired students (aged 3-18) on the subcompetencies. An analysis of variance and Neuman-Keuls post-hoc test indicated that significant differences existed on 13 competencies based on age and level of visual acuity of the learners. Overall, the visually impaired students mastered an average of 148 subcompetencies by the age of 18. Appendixes list the 32 competencies, present the study's statistical data, and group subcompetencies by age level usually mastered by visually impaired children. Includes 17 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (68th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 23-27, 1990).