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ERIC Number: ED517106
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 113
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-4068-4
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Special Education Student Perspectives of Factors Influencing Their Decision to Leave a Comprehensive High School in San Diego Unified School District on Their Eighteenth Birthday
Chambliss, Judith
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Alliant International University, San Diego
The problem. This study investigated whether there were statistically significant differences in perceptions of high school students with specific learning disabilities with respect to reasons for either remaining in high school or leaving high school on their 18th birthday. Method. A quasi-experimental study was conducted. 30 students who were enrolled in a comprehensive high school and 30 students who were enrolled in TRACE and HSDP were administered a survey. The survey contained 20 factors for students to rate the importance of the factors affecting the students' decision to remain in school or to leave school on their 18th birthday. The survey used a four-point Likert scale. Results. The first hypothesis, which predicted a significant difference on survey scores between high school students and TRACE students in their perceptions of factors influencing them to leave or remain in a comprehensive high school, was supported. An analysis of the data revealed a significant difference (t=3.991, p less than 0.000, d/f=62) between the two groups. The second hypothesis, which predicted a significant difference on survey scores in perceptions about support from school personnel between high school students and TRACE students, was not supported. An analysis of the data did not reveal a significant difference (t=0.638, p less than 0.526, d/f=63). The third hypothesis, which predicted a significant difference on survey scores in student input of their IEP, services, and supports (self-determination) between high school students and TRACE students, was supported. This factor was scored more negatively for TRACE students. An analysis of the data revealed a significant difference (t=2.785, p less than 0.007, d/f=63). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California