ERIC Number: ED484286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Building Bridges Toward Science Careers for Youth with Disabilities. Research to Practice Brief. Improving Secondary Education and Transition Services through Research. Volume 3, Issue 2.
Lamb, Peg; Brown, Mary; Hodges, Bill; Foy, Dave
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, University of Minnesota (NCSET)
Several researchers have addressed the issue of accommodating students with disabilities in college science classrooms. However, little research has focused on the types of accommodations and supports needed for students with disabilities at the college level. This brief outlines results of research conducted by the Bridges Project funded by the National Science Foundation Program for Persons with Disabilities. The major goals of the project were: (1) to create a model facilitating greater access for students with disabilities to postsecondary education and careers in science and technology, and (2) to investigate issues related to the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities. In high school many students with disabilities are excluded from general science classrooms, making the transition from high school to college science courses more challenging. Bridges researchers sought to gather information to promote a seamless transition for high school students with disabilities to math, science, engineering, and technology education at community colleges. A team of individuals from the partner organizations, Holt High School (HHS) and Lansing Community College (LCC) in Michigan, investigated student transfers involving students with disabilities needing special assistance who might wish to pursue coursework in math, science, and technology. Nine of the students were from HHS, and 16 were from high schools in the Lansing Tri-County Region.
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Needs, Postsecondary Education, Disabilities, Science Education, Related Services (Special Education), Community Colleges, Transitional Programs, Self Determination, Science Careers
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, 6 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-2097; Fax: 612-624-9344; Web site: http://www.ncset.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, Minneapolis, MN.