Title

Teachers' and Parents' Perceptions of Responsibility for Development of Career Goals In Children With Autism

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Ric Keaster

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if there are differences in perceptions held by parents and teachers of students with Autism regarding the importance of career goals, role responsibility for teaching toward them, and the level at which career education should begin. Specifically, this study compared differences between the perceptions of parents and teachers of the importance of selected career goals and responsibility for teaching toward them. To acquire the answers to these questions, two versions of the survey instrument, Career Education Survey for Parents and the Career Education Survey for Teachers was administered to 69 parents and 66 teachers of children with Autism in elementary and secondary schools. The results showed: (1) Parents strongly agreed with the selected career goals. (2) Parents and teachers agree that selected career goals should be taught by parents. (3) Teachers are more inclined than parents to agree that career goals should be taught by teachers. (4) Teachers are more inclined than parents to agree that selected career goals should be taught in elementary school. (5) Teachers are more inclined than parents to agree that selected career goals should be taught in secondary school.