Author Credentials

Sister Mary Colette Philips, O.P.

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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Superseded Degree Name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 Mary Johanna Flanagan, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with mental disabilities--Vocational education; Curriculum change


This paper will attempt to show that the philosophy underlying the Vocational Rehabilitation program, from which proceed curriculum provisions, is based upon data resulting from scientific investigations of the student and adult needs of this group, rather than upon varying subjective philosophies, old wives' tales, or "good logic." The philosophical basis of Vocational Rehabilitation will first be explored by attempting to answer the questions through a review of research: 1. What does it mean to rehabilitate? 2. What is the purpose of the transitional period? 3. Do research studies regarding the occupational, social, and economical adjustment of the mentally retarded adolescent validate curriculum provisions shaped by guides outlined on pages 2 and 3 of the Introduction?


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