ERIC Number: ED338803
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Improving Vocational Education through Community-Based Organizations. The Transition to Independence Project. Final Report.
Carlock, Jeanne M.
A field test was conducted of the "Transition to Independence Curriculum" that was developed in 1987-88 by the Endependence Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The curriculum includes peer counseling and other services to help students with disabilities become independent. During the field test, the peer counselor met with students at each of three schools, and the curriculum was piloted in one vocational class and three special education classes. A review of the field test showed that 17 project participants benefited in 1988-89 from peer counseling by being able to address disability-related issues, make vocational and independent living plans, work on attitude changes, and discuss other personal issues. An additional 17 participants from 1987-88 continued in the program. Many were employed, were getting additional education, or had been referred to other service delivery systems. Evaluation of the progress made by participants in their stated goals of independence was documented by the peer counselor at the Endependence Center. Pilot teachers evaluated the curriculum and the peer counseling process. The study concluded that the curriculum is a valuable resource for vocational educators and should be made available throughout Virginia. The study also concluded that the peer counseling model is of great benefit to disabled students and that school systems should contract with independent living centers for peer counseling for disabled students. (Appendices include brochures, evaluation forms, other project forms, and an interim project report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related curriculum see CE 059 599.