A career exploration program for junior high students with learning disabilities

Power, Kimberly Ann (2001) A career exploration program for junior high students with learning disabilities. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Career development has increasingly received attention in the literature and the education sphere. Career development planning for learning disabled students, however, has been largely overlooked. Learning disabled individuals need to develop a greater understanding, acceptance and knowledge of themselves in order to facilitate their own career development. Career exploration should begin early and continue as a life-long process. This project attempts to address the topic of career development for learning disabled students. The paper has been organised in the following manner: the purpose, rationale, background, definition of key terms, and a description of the project have been outlined in Chapter One. Pertinent literature has been reviewed in Chapter Two. The career development modules have been outlined and described in Chapter Three. These modules include: orientation, self-awareness, looking at your disability, career awareness, researching careers, and making decisions. Each module has specific goals and activities aimed at facilitating self knowledge and knowledge about the world of work. The overall objective of this project was to highlight the importance of career development planning for learning disabled students in junior high school. A sample curriculum has been presented to facilitate the flexible delivery of career development planning for this target group. The programming may be delivered in a group or classroom format. It can be infused into the existing curriculum over a period of six to ten weeks, one to two hours per day, or over a semester twice a week. The program emphasizes strengths and de-emphasizes weaknesses as part of a collaborative approach involving students, parents, school, and community. With appropriate supports and accommodations, learning disabled students can experience success in all aspects of their lives.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9026
Item ID: 9026
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 64-71.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2001
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Learning disabled youth--Vocational guidance

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