Vocational Education Curriculum Portfolio Home Page

Baumgart, D., Ph.D. (1990). A curriculum manual for students with handicaps. Rockville, MD: Aspen Publishers, Inc.

Unit 1 deals with career exploration; grades 7-9 with mild disabilities, or ages 12-15 with more severe disabilities. First the students develop observation skills as well as those reading and writing skills needed to fill out applications and interview for a job and also how to summarize lots of information from many different sources.

Unit 2 discusses work exploration. This is for grades 9-10 with mild disabilities. This includes job training in community work sites that the students show interest in to develop good work skills.

Assessment: This model when researched assessed the students doing their jobs as well as the program itself including content covered and the processes used. It emphasized a performance-based assessment philosophy.

One interesting thing mentioned was that the researchers of this model were concerned with answering the following questions:

Insights: This model places students in real job situations. It has many points of discussion that are valid for any disability and classroom. This model incorporates actual performance-based assessment by having the students actually do the job they are interested in. The model included goals, objectives, lesson plans, forms, and examples of students work as well as supplemental reading material lists. It also listed some strategies for effective instruction as well as how to get started (develop resources - parents, curricula, staff, community sites; resolve problems - logistical, attitudinal, and legal; and establish credibility with the community and school district).

As an extension of an idea I got out of this resource was to realize that most all kids' parents have jobs and you can invite them to share what they do with your class.

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major