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ERIC Number: EJ891461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
The Impact of Short-Term Study Abroad on the Identity Development of College Students with Learning Disabilities and/or AD/HD
Shames, Wendy; Alden, Peg
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v11 p1-31 Aug 2005
This article explores the identity changes that college students with learning disability (LD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) report after participating in a short-term study abroad program. The reflections of thirteen short-term study abroad participants, all of whom have been diagnosed with LD and/or AD/HD are presented. Particular attention is focused on the ways in which these identity changes impacted the students as learners and the factors unique to short-term study abroad that facilitated those identity changes. It concludes by proposing a model of identity development for students with LD and/or AD/HD and recommends methods for greater inclusion of students with LD and/or AD/HD in short-term study abroad programs. The authors hope that their findings will help to reframe notions about the ability and adaptability of students with LD and/or AD/HD, lower current barriers to participation in study abroad for students with LD and/or AD/HD, and contribute to the dynamic discussion currently underway about study abroad and student outcomes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia