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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


School-to-Work Outreach Project

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.33 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Aug 10, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: This site describes a 3-year, nationwide project which was funded by the U.S.
Department of Education. The goal of the project was to improve school-to-work
options for secondary school students with disabilities. Included are
descriptions of how to incorporate school-based and work-based learning, as well
as connecting activities.
Learning Goals: The main objective of the site is to describe this national project. While one
could use the ideas described to write a similar project, it is not a learning
object of the type usually included in MERLOT.
Target Student Population: Students/professional interested in learning more about developing
school-to-work programs for children and youth with disabilities.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None except basic website operation skills.
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: This site could act as a reference point for prospective teachers as they
encounter students with a variety of disabilities and transition needs.
Technical Requirements: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The information provided in this site includes background of the School-to-Work
Outreach Project, exemplary project models, a fact sheet about school-to-work
activities, and other links to transition-based organizations, centers, etc.
The basic information regarding transition issues is significant for anyone
studying to become a special education teacher. This would be considered core
content for the discipline. The information contained here could easily be
incorporated into lectures and/or class activities. For graduate level courses
specifically focusing on career issues, the exemplary project models are a
unique way to study best practice as it relates to individuals with disabilities
and employment issues.
Concerns: A section regarding the background and definition of transition issues/terms
would be beneficial for a newcomer to this topic.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is well suited to the advanced study of transition issues for students
with disabilities. After thoroughly investigating this site, teachers in
training will have a sound understanding of what school-to-work means, as well
as the essential elements of an exemplary program model. The students most
likely to benefit from this information are those who are in the end of their
coursework toward a credential in special education because it includes a more
specific application of special education procedures. Students preparing to
teach in the secondary grades would find it most beneficial. Several case
studies are included which could serve as the basis of in-class activities.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site is extremely easy to navigate. The page layouts are consistent and
easy to read. No technical support should be needed
Concerns: This site has not been Bobby Approved.

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