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ERIC Number: ED549055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-5457-0
Coherence and Compliance of Kohler's Model for Successful Transition Planning with Classified Special Education Students
Karahalis, John
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, St. John's University (New York), School of Education and Human Services
This researcher addresses whether transition planning with classified special education students is being implemented in accordance with the Kohler model for successful transition planning. Using archival data available from two high schools, one with a specialized on campus program and the latter as an excluded site specializing in classified students, the researcher explored coherence and compliance in five domains of concern. They included Student Development, Family Involvement, Program Structure, Interagency Collaboration, and Student-Focused Planning. The perception of stakeholders involved in transition planning included teachers, Social Workers and School Psychologists, Guidance Counselors and Related Service staff. The Self-Assessment Checklist comprised of 49 questions that allowed respondents to select from always, frequently, sometimes and never. One extended response question allowed for individual personal feedback. Results found qualitative discrepancies and compliance to the Kohler model. Numerous domains of disconnects within the model and sporadic involvement appeared to be the norm for both programs rather than the exception. Moderate compliance to some domains was found, but all were found to be in need of considerable improvement. An alternative model with the student as the focal point was suggested that included student interests as the starting point and involving student cognitive abilities, school involvement, family involvement, and community involvement in an ongoing process. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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