Implementation of the Inter-Agency Collaboration in Vocational Education of Students with Learning Disabilities towards Preparation of Career Experience: A Qualitative Approach

Inter-agency collaboration is essential for the advancement of technical education services for students with special needs, including those with learning disabilities. An inter-agency partnership is a group of teachers, guardians, school representatives, and representatives from other organizations who collaborate to carry out, coordinate, and create programs for students. However, inter-agency collaboration with schools has remained at a low level of implementation. As a result, this study was conducted to investigate the implementation of inter-agency collaboration as well as the obstacles faced by teachers in vocational education of students with learning disabilities in their pursuit of career experience. preparation. The case study design was used in this study, which took a qualitative approach. Data were gathered through interviews with ten vocational education teachers from six Integration Program with Learning Disabilities (IPLD) schools. The findings show that there is inter-agency collaboration with the schools involved, but it is not comprehensive. According to the findings of the interviews, there are several barriers to the implementation of inter-agency collaboration in terms of student attitude, parental attitude, and employer attitude, financial problems, and a lack of information about the implementation of vocational education in IPLD. This study is expected to help schools implement inter-agency collaboration in order to provide the best service possible to students with special needs, particularly students with learning disabilities. Furthermore, teachers should work to establish collaboration with various parties, such as a joint venture, particularly in the field of vocational education, in order to obtain advice and highlight the existing potentials in students with learning disabilities.

Author(s) Details

Dr. Noraini Abdullah
Department of Special Education, Faculty of Human Development, Sultan Idris Universiti of Education, Perak, 35900, Malaysia.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hanafi Mohd Yasin
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, 43600, Malaysia.

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