Upper secondary school pathways with compensation for the disadvantages of disability
Ausgangslage und Ziele
- Pia Georgi-Tscherry
- Claudia Hofmann
There is a fundamental issue about whether the measueres of compensation for disadvantages does indeed create fairer educational opportunities. The following questions are examined in two clusters:
I) The status quo in upper secondary education (including vocational schools): How many measures of compensation for disadvantages have been implemented at upper secondary level in recent years and what form did they take? In what vocational fields and for what diagnoses were these measures granted? How do local stakeholders assess the status of implementation?
II) The pathways of former beneficiaries of measures of compensation for disadvantages: How smooth was the transition to employment? How well are they coping with their jobs and how satisfied are they with their vocational situation? Have they received any further support or adjustment at the workplace? How do they evaluate the measures of compensation for disadvantages in retrospect?
To reflect these questions, the research project breaks down into two phases. The first step is to send an e-mail to all vocational and upper secondary schools in Switzerland (Step I). It is estimated that there are nearly 700 schools of this kind, and these will be asked to submit written answers about the current status of implementation and their assessment of the measures of compensation for disadvantages . The second step will be to ask the schools to put the team in touch with former beneficiaries of measures of compensation for disadvantages who completed their training in July 2014. Initial enquiries indicate that there are 900 people to consult about their current situation in the form of an online questionnaire (and where appropriate in a verbal exchange (Step II).
Great interest in the outcomes of the proposed project has already been expressed, during our initial enquiries, by some education departments with responsibility for upper secondary and vocational schools and also by public agencies responsible for disability insurance. The study is designed to show how those directly concerned would assess the measures of compensation for disadvantages in retrospect. These young adults will be 19 to 21 years old when surveyed and will in all likelihood be working in their trained occupations. The aim is to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficacy of the measures of compensation for disadvantages from their perspective. The findings will also serve to generate proposals for optimising the implementation of measures of compensation for disadvantages and to describe examples of best practice.
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