ERIC Number: ED351845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Developing Industry-Special Education's Joint Response To Changing Demographics in the Workforce. Final Project Report.
Clark, Donald M.
This paper examines changing demographics in the American work force during the 1990s and implications for the economy, for America's ability to compete globally, and for industry and education. In response to these workplace and demographic changes, the National Association for Industry-Education Cooperation utilized the technique of networking to identify and select a 200-member respondent panel for a Delphi procedure. The panel included employers, local and state directors of special education, and others. The results of the Delphi process were a ranked listing of 29 items citing implications of, and recommendations for responding to, the changing demographics in the work force. The top 10 items formed an "action agenda" to guide industry-special education's joint response. The 10 items called for cooperative efforts to improve curriculum, adult services, work experiences, and transition; greater emphasis on exposing youths with disabilities to the expectations of the work environment; education of employers and employees about the needs and potential contributions of persons with disabilities; creation of more effective transition programs; and increased emphasis on basic academic competence. Activities to support dissemination of the agenda are described. An appendix contains rank orderings, statistical data, and analysis of the 29 items. (Contains 11 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Business, Change Strategies, Cooperation, Delphi Technique, Demography, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Futures (of Society), Industry, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Action, Special Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association for Industry - Education Cooperation, Buffalo, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
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