ERIC Number: EJ844258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 32
Service Works! Promoting Transition Success for Students with Disabilities through Participation in Service Learning
O'Connor, Michael P.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v41 n6 p13-17 Jul-Aug 2009
Students with learning disabilities (LD) are most often educated in the general education classroom, where it seems clear that a significant lack of attention to the concept of transition also exists. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), for example, does not specifically address students' postschool success or transition outcomes. One challenge before researchers, then, is that of providing research-based transition activities for students with mild disabilities such as LD within the general education classroom. Are there effective ways, for example, for students in general education classrooms to engage in real-world work experience and interact with working professional adults? In this article, service learning--broadly defined as the explicit linkage of academic subject matter to community-based and student-directed service projects--is suggested as a community-based educational practice which, according to the research, can promote students' success in both academic and transition-related goals. Examples of well-designed service-learning projects incorporating rigorous academic learning while engaging students in community improvement are provided.
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, General Education, Federal Legislation, Mild Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Service Learning, Educational Practices, Work Experience, Academic Achievement, Behavior Disorders, Learning Activities, Social Problems
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001