ERIC Number: ED336891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Artswork: Employment Training through the Arts.
Warger, Cynthia L.; Cuskaden, Eileen C.
This booklet, based on the Transition Through the Arts project developed by Very Special Arts, describes the successes that project instructors have achieved in using the arts to assist individuals with developmental disabilities reach employment. The project uses the arts as a vehicle to teach and reinforce the social and personal skill components of the vocational or career education curriculum. Improving social and personal employability skills is expected to lead to greater work adjustment and success, and subsequently, to improved employer attitudes regarding the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. The program components include: a curriculum that uses the arts to teach social skills related to employability; a community resource team; a culminating activity; and an apprenticeship component. The booklet describes how three sites applied the program model to enhance the employability opportunities of their clients. The sites are: the Kennedy Institute in Washington, D.C.; Dayton Public Schools in Ohio; and Valley High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The final chapter describes 23 instructional strategies and activities involving dance, music, visual arts, and drama to assist in developing student self-awareness, social skills, communication skills, and positive work attitudes. (32 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Curriculum Development, Developmental Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Fine Arts, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Job Training, Learning Activities, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Self Esteem, Teaching Methods, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education
Very Special Arts, Education Office, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC 20566 ($16.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.