ERIC Number: ED422684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-3
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Communities: A Potent Partnership for Development of a Transition System.
Bang, Myong-Ye; Lamb, Peg; Tomlinson, Jeanne
This study, undertaken at a Michigan high school, examined the development of collaborative relationships among school personnel, community members, and agency staff for the effective transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life. It attempted to identify the essential components and common barriers to such relationships and the effects of the Work-Based Mentorship program on students. To identify essential components and barriers, interviews were held with 14 school personnel and 7 community/agency people. Both school personnel and community/agency people reported teamwork and core members' commitment as the major facilitating factors in forming collaborative relationships for an effective transition process. Both of these groups identified "lack of understanding of and familiarity with the nature of services community/agency people can offer" as the most important barriers to forming such relationships. Analysis also examined employers' evaluations of students in the mentorship program, vocational education teachers' views, and students' journals and exams. Results indicated the program helps students to improve their work skills, self-confidence, self-determination skills, communication skills, sense of responsibility, and academic achievement. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A