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ERIC Number: EJ1144623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Attitudes and Perceptions about Postsecondary Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Practice Brief)
Haney, Michelle R.; Fisher, Kati
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v30 n1 p97-104 2017
Postsecondary education programs are associated with many positive outcomes for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) including increases in social skills, vocational skills, and independence. Although these programs are increasing, there are regions of the United States where few exist. The present study assesses the attitudes and perceptions of 133 undergraduate students at a small liberal arts college about creating a postsecondary education program for young adults with ID. Overwhelmingly positive attitudes and perceptions were reported. Most respondents reported that they would be interested in serving as a mentor and felt that a postsecondary education program would provide opportunities for growth and increase diversity on campus. In addition, concerns about changing dynamics of the classroom and compromising the integrity of the college were noted. Based on student responses, future steps to clarify misperceptions are discussed. Limitations of this study are addressed including the small response rate and self-selection bias.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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