Title page for ETD etd-04142005-152625


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Brackin, Laura Schexnayder
Author's Email Address lbrack@lsuhsc.edu
URN etd-04142005-152625
Title Self-Determination of Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Educational Leadership, Research & Counseling
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Becky Ropers-Huilman Committee Chair
Charles Teddlie Committee Member
David Spruill Committee Member
Laura Hensley Committee Member
Joe Kotrlik Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • post-secondary education
  • higher education
  • students with disabilities
  • probelm-solving
  • self-determination
  • goal-setting
  • family support
  • accommodations
  • americans with disabilities act
  • transition
  • decision-making
Date of Defense 2005-04-04
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This research study sought to discover how students with disabilities utilized self-determination in the pursuit of and participation in post-secondary education. Qualitative methods were employed in this study, specifically the use of multiple case studies with embedded units of analysis. Students with a disability, who possessed self-determination and were currently enrolled in an institution of higher education, were the primary participants in this study. Additional information was gathered from parents, professionals, or other individuals who were familiar with the student's pursuit of and participation in postsecondary education. Embedded units of analysis for study consisted of information and skills designed to enhance self-determination, access to opportunities to exhibit self-determination, and facilitative support from others. Data gathering consisted of interviews with multiple sources that were able to provide rich information regarding the phenomenon of self-determination. The constant comparative method was used for data analysis. Findings support the theoretical assumptions that self-determination is enhanced through information and skills designed to enhance self-determination, access to opportunities to exhibit self-determination, and facilitative support from others. Other themes that emerged from the data include use of accommodations, problem-solving, stickability attitude, and a family member working in an institution of higher education.
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