Date Approved

7-3-2017

Embargo Period

7-3-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA School Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

DiHoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Teenagers with mental disabilities--Vocational education

Disciplines

School Psychology | Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to highlight the benefits of vocational work outside of the classroom for special education students, primarily those who are in enrolled in secondary school. It also questions how effective a vocational setting is compared to a traditional classroom setting for special education students nearing the end of their initial educational track. It was hypothesized that special education students, primarily enrolled in secondary or high school, benefit from a learning environment outside of a normalized classroom setting due to the first-hand experience gained in a real-world setting is more conducive to long-term success after completing their education. Descriptive and observational data was collected after distribution of anonymous survey. Implications from the study show there may be a need for curricular re-assessment and classroom modifications at the secondary level.

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