Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Goodwill Industries of America; Children with mental disabilities--Curricula; Milwaukee Public Schools


At Goodwill Industries, located on a 42 acre site with 200,000 square feet of space available for its programs, students in the Milwaukee Public School System as well as other clients are evaluated, observed, supervised and counseled. The instructional design for the student is not predetermined but is rather a curriculum dictated by the student himself and the area instructor in terms of the student's needs. Students are recommended for classes from educable retarded and trainable programs by teacher-counselors throughout the city. Instruction is flexible and is dictated by student needs. The hub of the program is built around the supportive personnel of Milwaukee Public School teachers-counselors, Goodwill counselors and Goodwill area training supervisors. This group must work in unison with each student to ascertain: 1. The learning level of the student; 2. The skill the student wants; 3. The skill the student can perform; 4. The new skill to be mastered. This team of professionals must also bring creativity into this program to reinforce the instructional design and the vocational skills taught.


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