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ERIC Number: EJ1002141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Postsecondary Disability Service Providers' Perceived Usefulness of a Model Summary of Performance
de Vries, Rebecca S.; Schmitt, Ara J.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v25 n4 p283-296 Win 2012
This study investigated postsecondary disability service providers' perceived usefulness of a Model Summary of Performance that was constructed for a student with a language-based learning disability. The 298 participants were asked to consider the content within the (a) student's test scores, (b) rationale for accommodations, (c) history and/or use of accommodations, (d) report writer's recommendations, and (e) student input sections of a Model Summary of Performance, and then to rate each section regarding the perceived usefulness of the information for making accommodation decisions. Analysis of variance was used to determine if the perceived usefulness of each section varied as a function of the disability service providers' (a) highest degree earned, (b) discipline or field of study, (c) source of training for the interpretation of disability documentation, and (d) years of experience in postsecondary disability services. Overall, regardless of status within each group, disability service providers rated each part of the Model Summary of Performance as at least very useful. One significant group difference was discovered as disability service providers with less than five years experience perceived the report writer's recommendations to be more useful than those with greater than 10 years of experience. Limitations and implications of the present study, as well as areas for future research, are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A