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ERIC Number: EJ1158194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2165-1434
Self-Determination and the Enrollment in and Completion of Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities
Petcu, Stefania D.; Van Horn, M. Lee; Shogren, Karrie A.
Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, v40 n4 p225-234 Nov 2017
This study conducted a secondary analysis using data from the "National Longitudinal Transition Study-2" (NLTS-2) to examine the degree to which three of the four essential characteristics of self-determination (autonomy, psychological empowerment, and self-realization) predict enrollment in, and completion of, postsecondary education programs for students with disabilities. Results suggest autonomy and psychological empowerment influence students' enrollment in postsecondary education programs; higher levels of autonomy in females increase their odds of enrolling in a 4-year university; and students attending a rural school with higher levels of psychological empowerment are less likely to enroll in a 4-year university. Self-realization was the only characteristic that affected students' completion of a postsecondary education program. Implications of the findings for research and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Transition Study of Special Education Students
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A