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ERIC Number: EJ1082788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
A Sense of Belonging among College Students with Disabilities: An Emergent Theoretical Model
Vaccaro, Annemarie; Daly-Cano, Meada; Newman, Barbara M.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n7 p670-686 Oct 2015
Higher education research suggests that the development of a sense of belonging is key to academic success and persistence, yet we know little about how first-year students with disabilities develop a sense of belonging as they transition into and through their first year in postsecondary environments. Themes from a grounded theory study of 8 college students, most of whom had invisible disabilities, provided the foundation for an emerging model of belonging. Student narratives suggest there are interconnections between the development of a sense of belonging, self-advocacy, social relationships, and mastery of the student role for first-year students with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
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