ERIC Number: ED327729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Project STARS. 1989-90. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
The mission of the Student Training at Retail Stores (STARS) project was to develop and implement, with the collaboration of local business and the New York City Board of Education, a 3-semester program (January 1989 through June 1990) of intense occupational, vocational, and career education. Its purpose was to enhance job skills and secure retail sales jobs for high school juniors with moderate learning, speech, emotional, or intellectual disabilities. Project STARS was implemented at 7 school sites in Queens with 83 students and 7 coordinators. Written surveys collected information from 72 students and 6 coordinators in the fall semester and 73 students in the spring semester on Likert-type scales; coordinators were interviewed in the spring. Findings indicated that Project STARS satisfactorily implemented three program areas: curriculum development, classroom instruction, and workshops. Fall semester students liked the prospect of employment, social support, and knowledge gained. Spring semester students were more pleased with interpersonal relations but less pleased about employment prospects. Fall students suggested more trips and hands-on experiences. Spring students wanted more involvement. More than 94 percent of students reported their level of knowledge and/or self-esteem was positively affected by instruction or workshops. More than 38 percent reported they acquired jobs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Career Education, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Disabilities, High School Students, High Schools, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Moderate Mental Retardation, Part Time Employment, Program Effectiveness, Retailing, Sales Occupations, School Business Relationship, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Employment, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.