Over a period of two years, the vocational training department in sheltered workshops (German abbr.: WfbM) was on the task of providing people with disabilities with individual vocational training and supporting them in their personal development. Specifications of the Employment Agency, which acted as cost unit, pointed the way for the implementation of measures. The subject of the research project “EVABI” was the harmonized internally differentiated education plans, which were developed by the German Federal Association of Sheltered Workshops (German abbr.: BAG WfbM) on the basis of a professional concept of the Employment Agency. The study throughout Germany was initiated by the BAG WfbM and took place in cooperation with the Chair of Special Education V, University of Würzburg, Germany, which was responsible for the scientific support.
The following research questions were of particular interest:
- Which specific target groups - regarding to different heterogeneity dimensions – is the vocational training department in workshops addressed by means of an educational programme?
- Which structural and process-oriented framework conditions does vocational training in sheltered workshops provide in order to enable individualised and target-differentiated teaching and learning for people with disabilities?
- Which individual courses and results of vocational training can be identified among the participants with disabilities?
Objective of the study was to evaluate the heterogeneity dimension and to analyse the quality of process and result of vocational training on the basis of harmonized educationalframework plans. Considering this the University of Würzburg developed different survey instruments on the basis of a mixed-method-design, which were adapted to the special needs of disabled people. A total of 20 sheltered workshops took part in the study.
The findings of the research project are puplished at wbv Media, Bielefeld under the following heading:
Berufliche Bildung in Werkstätten für Menschen mit Behinderung
Stein, R./Kranert, H.-W./Riedl, A., (2021)
Term: 01/2018 until 02/2020
Funding institution: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (German abbr.: BMBF)
Prof. Dr. Roland Stein, project manager
Hans-Walter Kranert, Academic Council, deputy project manager
Anna Riedl, academic staff
Karin Fuchs, project administration
Sabrina Fischer, project assistance
Faculty of Human Sciences
Institute for Special Education
Chair of Special Education V
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