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ERIC Number: EJ1164002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
"The Most Defining Experience": Undergraduate University Students' Experiences Mentoring Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Ryan, Susan M.; Nauheimer, Jeanne M.; George, Cassandra L.; Dague, E. Bryan
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v30 n3 p283-298 Fall 2017
In this three-year qualitative study we investigated the experiences and perspectives of university undergraduate students who were peer mentors for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) in a postsecondary education certificate program at a public university in the northeastern United States. The findings were categorized into three major themes: (a) the roles of these peer mentors; (b) the benefits and challenges related to peer mentoring; and (c) the transformative effect of peer mentoring on these undergraduate students. Findings provide insights into postsecondary education for students with ID/DD and suggest implications for (a) parents of students with ID/DD, (b) transition from high school, and (c) administrators at institutions of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) (DHHS/ACL); Office of Postsecondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004; Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
Grant or Contract Numbers: 90DD00040100; P407A10001612