ERIC Number: ED387591
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Perceptions of SAE Programs and Benefits for Students with Special Needs in Oklahoma.
Schwager, Tony A.; White, James D.
An Oklahoma study sought to identify specific benefits that accrue to students with special needs in secondary Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and to determine teachers' perceptions of SAE programs for students with special needs. Data were gathered in the fall of 1993 through a mailed survey of all 362 agricultural education departments in the state; 249 responses were received (69 percent). The study found that only 68 percent (956) of 1,401 students with special needs were involved in SAE. The most common types of SAE programs conducted by students with special needs included livestock exhibition, horticulture, agricultural mechanics, and job placement. The teachers were very experienced, with an average age of 38 and with 14 years of teaching experience. Overall, teachers' perceptions of students with special needs involved in SAE programs were positive. They felt that SAE for students with special needs was similar to SAE for mainstream students in most respects, although special needs students needed more help and had fewer options. The study concluded that SAE offered multiple opportunities and benefits for special needs students and related directly to the objectives of special education. Several difficulties were cited: poor student recordkeeping, lack of parental support, family's socioeconomic status, supervision time, and students' abilities and behaviors. Recommendations were made to involve more special needs students in SAE based on their needs. (Contains 23 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Cooperative Education, Demography, Mainstreaming, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Special Education, Special Needs Students, State Programs, Supervised Occupational Experience (Agriculture), Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma