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ERIC Number: EJ887276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
Facing a Fragile Future: A Quantitative Investigation into Perceived Career Barriers among Diverse Urban Youth with Disabilities
Johnston-Rodriguez, Sarah; Owens, Laura; Whitney, Jean
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v9 n1 p77-91 Aug 2006
The failure of our current transition planning for culturally and ethnically diverse students with disabilities has been documented throughout the literature. Despite transition mandates, students with disabilities, particularly those from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, continue to be unemployed or underemployed. The purpose of this study was to document barriers to career goals that students themselves identify. The researchers surveyed 128 urban high school students with disabilities from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds to identify the barriers they perceived to affect their career planning goals and choices. Students were asked to respond to a questionnaire that asked them to rank the importance of specific career barriers that might keep them from their future career goals. The five most frequently cited barriers included dropping out of school, being lazy, grades, drugs and alcohol, and low school attendance. Significant gender, ethnic, and school preparation differences were found. Implications for interventions and career development support are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A