ERIC Number: EJ1077578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Voices of University Students with Disabilities: Inclusive Education on the Tertiary Level -- A Reality or a Distant Dream?
Strnadová, Iva; Hájková, Vanda; Kvetonová, Lea
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n10 p1080-1095 2015
Twenty-four university students with disabilities were interviewed about their experiences studying at Czech universities. The interviews were analysed using the grounded theory approach. The most commonly experienced barriers faced by these students were institutional barriers, attitudinal barriers, and disability-specific barriers. The types of support mentioned by the students included family support, peer support, and support provided by assistants. The participants also shared strategies they used to deal with the barriers they faced. These were assertiveness, self-determination, metacognition, efforts to "fit in", optimism, and career planning. The implications for policy and universities are discussed.
Descriptors: College Students, Disabilities, Student Experience, Foreign Countries, Barriers, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Accessibility (for Disabled), Family Influence, Peer Influence, Paraprofessional Personnel, Self Determination, Personality Traits, Metacognition, Normalization (Disabilities), Career Planning, Coping, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic
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