ERIC Number: EJ1082788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
A Sense of Belonging among College Students with Disabilities: An Emergent Theoretical Model
Vaccaro, Annemarie; Daly-Cano, Meada; Newman, Barbara M.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n7 p670-686 Oct 2015
Higher education research suggests that the development of a sense of belonging is key to academic success and persistence, yet we know little about how first-year students with disabilities develop a sense of belonging as they transition into and through their first year in postsecondary environments. Themes from a grounded theory study of 8 college students, most of whom had invisible disabilities, provided the foundation for an emerging model of belonging. Student narratives suggest there are interconnections between the development of a sense of belonging, self-advocacy, social relationships, and mastery of the student role for first-year students with disabilities.
Descriptors: College Students, Disabilities, Models, Group Membership, Group Unity, Grounded Theory, Personal Narratives, Self Advocacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Role, Civil Rights Legislation, Federal Legislation, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990