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Title:Vocational Education for Special Education Students in a Small Rural Illinois High School: A Case Study
Author(s):Larkin, David James
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Vocational
Abstract:It was the purpose of this study to depict the degree to which, and the manner in which, vocational education was being provided to special education students in a small rural high school. The objective of the paper was to contribute to understandings of the interrelationships and cooperative efforts associated with vocational education and special education in a small rural high school.
A second objective was concerned with the successes which have been experienced by special education students who have enrolled in vocational courses in small rural high schools. These successes have occurred despite resource limitations and diseconomies of scale. This study attempted to identify some of the possible reasons for these successes.
Among the findings were: (1) every special education student who has attended the high school for one year or longer has participated in vocational education; (2) many of the mechanisms that support vocational education for special education participants are informal; (3) the educational activities which provide vocational education to special education participants are dependent upon the capabilities and energy levels of the persons who are employed in the district; (4) the individual classroom teacher is a critical variable in the quality of education in this high school; (5) special education participants are not segregated, and do not segregate themselves, from other students with the exception of the time spent in the resource room; (6) people who work and study in this high school have expectations which are very similar to the expectations held by persons in the community.
The study was conducted in a manner consistent with the commonly accepted tenets of naturalistic inquiry. The key questions asked throughout the study were: What does the program look like? and how well does it work for those who are most familiar with it? The study has been reported in narrative form.
Issue Date:1983
Description:180 p.
Thesis (Educat.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8409981
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1983

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