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ERIC Number: ED550527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 224
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-8973-7
Perceptions of Disability-Services Administrators about Assistive Technology at Postsecondary Institutions
Davis, Jeffrey S.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Barry University, Adrian Dominican School of Education
The purpose of this study was to investigate the manifestation of assistive technology at postsecondary institutions from the perspectives of disability-services administrators, through their personal experiences. Exploration of assistive-technology-related experiences presents the potential to improve understanding of the operation of this vital student service that had not previously been investigated fully. The population for the purposive sampling was from postsecondary institutions in the southeastern United States. Through SurveyMonkey(TM), the online phenomenological study included collecting participants' responses to an open-ended questionnaire. Responses were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis and resulted in the discovery of emerging themes and subsequently of superordinate themes that emerged from the voice of participants: access through the use of assistive technology, awareness of assistive technology, and leveling the playing field. Superordinate themes emerged from the collective voice of participants, researcher notations, and emerging themes interpreted from responses to the questionnaire. The knowledge gained about superordinate themes of assistive technology at postsecondary institutions from the perspective of disability-services administrators contributes to the existing body of knowledge in the area of assistive technology and postsecondary education and yields operational and educational benefits for administrators and the students they serve. [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: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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