ERIC Number: ED347355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Dec-1
Reference Count: N/A
Project S.T.A.R.S. Student Training at Retail Stores. Cooperative Demonstration Program. Final Performance Report.
The Student Training at Retail Stores (STARS) project was evaluated during the 1989-90 school year. With the collaboration of business a 3-semester program of intense occupational, vocational, and career education was developed to enhance job skills and secure retail sales jobs for high school juniors with moderate learning, speech, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. Project STARS served 83 students at 7 high schools in Queens, New York. Findings from coordinator and student surveys indicated the following: coordinators judged the curriculum positively; nearly 60 percent of students rated at least one of the classroom or workshop activities or topics as "excellent"; more than 94 percent reported their level of knowledge or self-esteem was positively affected; and more than 38 percent acquired jobs. (The 26-page report is followed by an evaluation of the 1988-89 project. Other attachments consist of information for project replication, including workshop, business linkage, and worksite descriptions; feedback from students, educators, private industry, and parents; materials on career awareness seminars; follow-up letters to meetings with personnel directors that led to student job opportunities; letters to administrators; and a 158-page curriculum guide with lessons, teaching strategies, and activity sheets on attendance and punctuality; dress and makeup; communication skills; interviewing; loss prevention; customer service; selling techniques; sales equipment; safety; retail merchandising; human relations; and quality control.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Guides, Demonstration Programs, Distributive Education, Emotional Disturbances, Grade 11, High Schools, Job Placement, Job Skills, Learning Disabilities, Material Development, Moderate Mental Retardation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Retailing, Sales Occupations, Salesmanship, School Business Relationship, Speech Handicaps, Student Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of High Schools.