ERIC Number: ED393277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
The Perceptions of Adults with Learning Disabilities Regarding Their Learning Experiences.
Gresh, Donna K.
This qualitative study explored the perceptions of 14 adults (ages 21 to 37) with learning disabilities (including 7 enrolled in college) regarding their K-12 school experiences. Personal interviews were used to elicit those dimensions of the school experience perceived as most positive or most negative. The critical incident technique was used to ask about best and worst teachers. Analysis of interviews identified eight major themes: (1) the best teacher was the teacher who cared; (2) the worst teacher was the teacher who was demeaning; (3) the system failed some of these students by assigning them inadequate teachers, by giving them labels, and by making them feel that they were just a number; (4) many of the students displayed a strong will to succeed; (5) education was viewed as necessary for success; (6) parents tried to be advocates for their children; (7) hands-on learning was preferred by most; and (8) math was the most difficult subject. Individual sections of this monograph present an introduction to the study, an extensive literature review, a description of the study's methodology, the study's findings, and a summary. Appendices include the interview guide, relevant letters and forms, and demographics of the students interviewed. (Contains approximately 125 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Thesis, Pennsylvania State University.