ERIC Number: ED417899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
The Entrepreneurial Curriculum: Rural School-Community Process for Vocational Training of Adolescents with Disabilities.
Gold, Veronica; Williams, Ellen
Although formal vocational training in technical high schools or community-based job placements provides opportunities for adolescents with disabilities, educators need to consider a broader continuum of vocational training options for these students. Entrepreneurial options such as school-based businesses, internships, and apprenticeships may serve to remedy many of the educational, personal, and rural issues that can contribute to poor vocational preparation, a loss of autonomy, and reduced independence for disabled students. Formal entrepreneurial programs strengthen the ties between schools and community businesses, maximize use of limited community resources, and in the long run, improve students' sense of self-efficacy and personal control in their lives. However, these programs require a significant amount of skill and commitment on the part of special educators and school administrators. Two tables summarize the career education competencies students should acquire at elementary and junior high levels as a basis for entrepreneurial training during adolescence. Educational objectives and desirable economic and job-related knowledge and skills are listed for the domains of the individual, family, community, town, region, and nation at the elementary level, and for the domains of personal, business, and global economics at the junior high level. A third table summarizes objectives and skills of the entrepreneurial curriculum suggested for adolescents with disabilities. Contains 12 references. (TD)
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Note: In: Coming Together: Preparing for Rural Special Education in the 21st Century. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (18th, Charleston, SC, March 25-28, 1998); see RC 021 434.