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ERIC Number: ED479139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-21
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Building Job Keepers.
Mitchell, Donna; Gerver, Karen; Smith, Denise
This study explored how key shareholders (student, parents, educators, and employers) can merge Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals with employers' expectations to improve the chance of successful transitioning from student to employee. A survey was conducted of 26 parents, teachers-of-service (TOS), teachers-of-record (TOR), transition coordinators, and participating employers in a local community job program, to tap into local philosophy and priorities of job skills necessary for successful employment. Survey information was then used to investigate what employers need in entry-level employees and how IEPs can be utilized by shareholders to prepare young people with special needs to meet employers' expectations. Employers said honesty, positive attitude, and being a team member were the most important job skills, while parents believed that asking for help, attendance, honesty, positive attitude, and self-confidence were very important. Educators, however, rated attendance as the number one skill necessary for successful employment followed by punctuality. Findings from the survey also indicate parents and employers place a higher priority on basic academic skills, more so than high school educators. For job supports, all participants thought employer support to be important to entry-level employee success. Appendices include survey materials. (Contains 28 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A