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ERIC Number: ED518722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-9095-2
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"First We Crawled, Then We Walked, Now We Want to Run": An Examination of the Transition Processes Used by Inclusive Camps
Tucker, Teresa W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University
The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the transition processes camps undergo when including campers with disabilities into the organized camp from the perspective of key individuals who championed inclusion. Despite research that supports inclusion and knowledge of best inclusive practices, few camps have implemented the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in a purposeful way. Understanding the components that facilitate a camp's adoption of inclusion and the roles people play to facilitate the inclusion process can provide camp professionals guidelines to ensure all campers have a positive inclusive camp experience. In this phenomenological study, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 participants from eight organized camps. The first manuscript examines the components that facilitated the transition process of camps becoming inclusive as derived from the experiences of the key individuals involved in this process. Findings from this study indicate four components that facilitated the transition process: "advocacy", "capacity for iterative development", ""keyed in" staff", and "recognition of limitations". These components were integral elements in the camps' shift toward adopting and implementing an inclusive camp program. The second manuscript examines the roles "champions" played in facilitating the adoption of inclusion at camp. Champions serve as catalyst in an organization's willingness to adopt a new idea or innovation such as inclusion. Findings indicate that champions served the following roles: "Champions as Negotiators", "Champions as Visionaries", and "Champions as Architects". Thus by understanding the various roles of champions, camp professionals may gain greater insight into how to become champions of inclusion themselves. [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
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Language: English
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