ERIC Number: ED282375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Academic Success for Disabled Students in Higher Education.
Wiseman, Richard L.; And Others
In order to determine the effect of being disabled on the academic progress of disabled college students, a questionnaire assessing the social climate of a major western university, the quality of its programs and instruction, and student academic and career expectations was administered to 100 disabled students. Factors explored in the questionnaire included prosocial climate, campus support services, social adjustment, social alienation, motivation, and perceived competence in social and task situations. Analyses of the data revealed that the disabled students' motivation was significantly related to their level of social alienation, while perceived competence was most related to level of social adjustment. Among suggestions offered are the following: (1) alumni with disabilities should be surveyed to determine if the university is doing enough to prepare disabled students in career planning and placement; (2) the university needs to identify ways in which disabled students can better function as role models and assume greater campus responsibilities; and (3) university personnel need to be aware of the considerable variability in the needs and abilities of their disabled students. (JW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Disabilities, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Motivation, Normalization (Handicapped), Peer Relationship, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Self Esteem, Services, Social Adjustment, Student Motivation, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 1986).