College students with learning disabilities: Perceptions of academic success
AdvisorWoodard, Dudley W.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSemi-structured interviews provided the primary source of data in this qualitative study that was designed to determine factors that determine academic success and failure of college students with learning disabilities. All student participants were using either of two support programs for learning disability support services on a large Research I Land Grant University. Students were matched on cumulative high school grade point average (3.0 or higher), full-scale scores intelligence measures, and composite college entrance examinations scores. Students were further grouped as Successful (cumulative college grade point average of 3.0 or higher) or Jeopardy (cumulative college grade point average of less than 2.0). Participating instructors and learning disability support services personnel were identified by students during the interview process as examples of effective instructors/practitioners. Perceptions of students, instructors, and learning disabilities support staff were gathered and examined regarding the nature of students, teaching, environmental factors that facilitate and inhibit learning, and support services of the two programs providing support services for these college students with learning disabilities. Elements of self-efficacious attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of students were also examined. Data was analyzed to determine differences and commonalties between successful and unsuccessful students with learning disabilities. Concepts from social construction theory were used to identify the social context. Retention theory, self-efficacy theory, and literature from the fields of good practice and learning communities were also instrumental in the approach to data analysis. Suggestions for further research and implications for practice are offered while acknowledging the limitations of this study.
Degree ProgramGraduate College