ERIC Number: ED324839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-15
Reference Count: N/A
Using Simulation Technology to Promote Social Competence of Handicapped Students. Final Report. Executive Summary.
Appell, Louise S.; And Others
The purpose of this project was to design and develop simulation materials utilizing vocational situations) in mildly/moderately handicapped young adults. The final product, a set of materials titled "Social Skills on the Job," includes a videotape of 15 lessons, a computer software package, and a teacher's guide, and was marketed to a commercial publisher (American Guidance Service) and made available for sale. Lessons cover such skills as calling in when sick, admitting mistakes, and dealing with criticism from an employer. This report describes the design, development and field testing of the materials, the formative evaluation, the experimental phase, and the summative evaluation. While evaluation data did not show statistically significant differences between two experimental groups and a control group, the complete set of materials was viewed by teachers as highly effective and very relevant in accomplishing objectives. Use of various media in an integrated package was rated very positive by most teachers. Appendices list review board members, present sample materials from "Social Skills on the Job," provide summaries of field test data, and include copies of assessment instruments and tables of supporting data. (JDD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Disabilities, High Schools, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Material Development, Simulation, Skill Development, Social Adjustment, Social Development, Teaching Methods, Videotape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.