ERIC Number: ED466077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-27
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Assessing and Documenting Work Skills for High School Students with Mild Disabilities.
Miller, Debra G.; Smith, Denise M.
This paper discusses a study that investigated whether competencies identified by the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) could be used to document job skills of students with mild disabilities. Participants in the study were 17 teachers, job coaches, and parents associated with a high school special education department and 5 students with mild disabilities. The school has a Work Experience program and employers were asked to participate in the study. The SCANS report was used to develop a survey that contained questions to determine what ways of documenting work skills would be most useful for employers. The survey consisted of 80 skills rated on a Likert scale from 2 least needed to +2 most needed. Results indicate that not all SCANS proficiencies are deemed necessary for employees with mild disabilities. Summed scores by proficiency area ranked from most needed to least needed were: personal qualities, thinking skills, systems, interpersonal skills, resources, basic skills, information, and technology. The highest ranking individual skills were: exhibits self-control and responds to feedback positively, asks questions when needed, aware of how he/she learns best, and works well even when assigned unpleasant tasks. Appendices include a data analysis of survey results. (Contains 13 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Qualifications, Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Job Training, Mild Disabilities, Skill Development, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Surveys, Vocational Education, Vocational Evaluation, Work Environment, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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