VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM PLANNING FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES AT SECONDARY LEVEL IN MALAYSIA
The focus of this study was on the planning of the vocational curriculum for students with learning disabilities (LD) at the secondary school level in Malaysia. The purpose of this study was to plan a curriculum suitable for students with LD so that they will be able to acquire job-related skill. This study used qualitative methodology using surveys and interviews 56 respondents comprising teachers, school administrators, members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and experts to gain feed back on the basic needs to develop a curriculum for LD students and to provide recommendations in term of format, implementation and curriculum evaluation. Finding of this study indicated that: (1) there was a special need to develop a curriculum in the vocational education for students with LD so as to prepare them for future job endeavors. This is because the current curriculum highly emphasizes academic content is not relevant or suitable for LD students; (2) the vocational curriculum for LD was supposed to prepare the LD students to be independent through the appropriate a vocation; (3) the curriculum format suitable for LD students allow the students to choose skill areas that were suitable with their interest and abilities in parallel to current job market; (4) There were several areas of job related skills that have been identified suitable for LD students (5) the implementations of the curriculum must involve all LD students with appropriate skills according to their future role.