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ERIC Number: ED551949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2678-4487-3
Engaging Students with Moderate Mental Disabilities and Nondisabled High School Students as Service-Learning Collaborators
Cox, Lakeshia L. Ligon
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The practice of service-learning is growing. However, service-learning activities seldom involve high school students with moderate mental disabilities working with peers without disabilities. The purpose of this case study was to gain an understanding of the experiences of personnel who work in partnership with students with disabilities and nondisabled students on a service-learning activity. Allport's contact theory was the basis of the conceptual framework. Interview data were collected from educators and other personnel associated with this service-learning activity. Inductive analysis was used to analyze and code data to establish the following themes: (a) service-learning minimized differences between disabled and nondisabled students, (b) service-learning required training, (c) service-learning participants worked as partners, and (d) stakeholders became supporters of the service-learning participants. It is recommended that special educator teachers examine the results of this case study for methods to increase their students' involvement in the school community. The findings are also of interest to regular educators seeking information on inclusive activities. The findings are discussed in relation to sharing information with fellow special educators and general educators interested in increasing collaborative pursuits in an effort to effect social change. [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
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Language: English
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