ERIC Number: ED430949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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Connecting Vocational Preparation Today with Jobs of Tomorrow: Employment Longevity for Persons with Mental Impairments.
McCrea, Linda D.; Miller, Sandra L.
To adequately prepare students with mental impairments for community employment, their education must consider: perceptions held by their teachers, content of the curriculum, and quality of transitional services provided. Research shows discrepancies between the attitudes of special educators and of employers regarding the job skills that are needed for success. Special educators must modify training programs for students with mental impairments to incorporate job skills that employers consider critical. To develop a functional curriculum, teachers must address functionality (the key to which academic skills within a curriculum should be incorporated into a career education program). Since there is proven need for school curricula to be more relevant to the work world, educators must integrate the curriculum into community-based, work-related settings. Communication with employers is essential for enhancing transitions from school and focusing the curriculum toward jobs that exist within the community. This paper presents a five-step model that addresses this need by using transition services as a focal point to provide outcomes for both participating employers and student trainees. It includes outreach, job finding/market analysis, on the job training, followup, and evaluation. Special educators must remain consistent with the demands of the job market and employment programs, communicate with employers, focus the district's curriculum toward existing jobs, and become proficient in vocational training with an emphasis on employer-driven critical job skills. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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