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ERIC Number: ED546045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 209
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8600-1
Transition from Secondary to Postsecondary Education for Students with Mild Disabilities
Burdge, Maryjane C.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Students with disabilities are less likely than their peers to access or succeed in postsecondary education settings. In one county, students with disabilities are taught within inclusive high school environments where deficits in reading skills, self-determination attributes, and study skills are not included in the curriculum. In place of these supportive interventions, the focus is the accumulation of graduation credits. Using the lens of andragogy, the single qualitative case study sought to recognize how adults with disabilities, enrolled in postsecondary institutions, contribute to and interact with their learning environment. The research questions addressed in this study focused on how high school and postsecondary staff assist with the skill development and transition services required by high school students with mild disabilities to increase their probability of success in college. Data sources included interviews with 8 students with disabilities and 2 campus officials from one college. In addition, 8 staff members from 6 high schools participated in 2 focus groups or through a questionnaire. Data were coded and examined for themes. The major findings included an obligation for designing transition activities requiring team involvement, a need for improved communication between institutions, and the lack of involvement of school counselors in facilitating the transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education. An online training module on assisting students with disabilities who are considering college was created for high school counselors. This project will potentially support life-long opportunities for students with disabilities by promoting policies and procedures which enhance an exchange of information between high school and postsecondary institutions in ways that promote academic success. [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:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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