ERIC Number: ED389938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Impact of Work Awareness Instruction for Adolescents with Special Needs.
Black, Rhonda S.
A work awareness curriculum designed to help disabled students develop the core social skills critical to success in the workplace was developed and presented to disabled students in two states. The core social skills were identified in a literature review. The curriculum included activities to increase students' awareness of often-unstated rules/expectations encountered in the workplace in the following areas: dependability, honesty, employee-supervisor relations, employee-coworker relations, organization and initiative, adaptability, attitude, and self-esteem. Among the learning activities included in the curriculum were the following: discussion, role playing, modeling of appropriate responses, applications to students actual/aspired work settings, and activities to explain differences between social expectations at school and work. The curriculum was pilot tested, revised, and presented to 52 7th- through 9th-graders with mild intellectual disabilities in Utah and 53 9th- through 12th-graders with mild disabilities in Georgia. The curriculum's effectiveness was evaluated through a work awareness pretest/posttest administered to 80 of the students. Eighty-nine percent of the first group and 95% of the second group answered more questions correctly on the posttest than on the pretest, thus suggesting that the new curriculum is an effective method of helping disabled students learn some social subtleties of the workplace. (The bibliography contains 20 references. Appended are selected topics in each curriculum area.) (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Denver, CO, December 1995).