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ERIC Number: ED550139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 267
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2672-1113-2
Challenges and Success Strategies for College Students with Learning Disabilities: With Implications and Recommendations for Practice
Grant, Kevin T.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Students with learning disabilities (LD) are part of the largest and most rapidly expanding population of college students (Burgstahler & Moore, 2009; Garrison-Wade & Lehmann, 2009; Foley 2006; Chew, Jensen, & Rosen, 2009; Thomas, 2000). Current estimations show approximately one and a half million college students have a documented disability (Vasek, 2005). These figures have reportedly tripled in the past 25 years (Preece, Roberts, Beecher, Rash, Shwalb, & Martinelli, 2007; Garrison-Wade & Lehmann, 2009; Barnard-Brak et al., 2010). Compared to other academic subjects and educational domains, the emerging field of learning disabilities is rather young. As such, Colleges and universities need to be aware of the current numbers of students with learning disabilities, the educational impact on their learning, and the institutional impact of their campus presence. This dissertation compiles the current professional literature from the previous decade specifically focused on college students with learning disabilities. It also provides a summary of the logistical scope and educational impact of said learning disabilities with their implications for college campuses. Lastly, it begins exploration and development of a faith-based perspective on learning disabilities. Specific attention is given towards the nature of, expectation, and reaction to suffering from a Biblical perspective. Findings and recommendations are organized into supports, challenges, and faith-based implications. Each subcategory will explore the main topic from an individual/personal and institutional perspective. Finally, on a pragmatic level, this study gives recommendations to three particularized impacted demographics: the LD student, campus departmental staff, advisors and general faculty, and lastly, disability service professionals. Recommendations include programmatic possibilities, working towards campus cultural shifts and practical tips for LD students and families preparing for their collegiate experience. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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