Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Advisor

Hardwick S. Johnson, Jr.

Committee Member

Angel Rodriguez

Abstract

The problem addressed in this research study was that students with disabilities were experiencing challenges at a private postsecondary university in the United States that were impacting their educational experience. The purpose of this research study was to discover the challenges individuals with disabilities experience at a private postsecondary university and to find possible resolutions to those challenges. It was anticipated that this research study may improve the education experiences of students with disabilities at a private postsecondary university in the United States. It was equally important to discover (a) challenges experienced by students with a disability in a private postsecondary university and (b) possible resolutions to those challenges.

A phenomenological qualitative approach was utilized to answer three research questions. Data were gathered utilizing a survey developed by the researcher. Data gathered were analyzed utilizing qualitative methodology. A qualitative analysis of the survey results found three predominant themes or challenges that involved (a) course work assignments, (b) exams and testing, and (c) classroom accommodations. An analysis of the responses for course work assignments indicated that 11 (30%) of 38 participants with a disability experienced challenges. An analysis of the responses indicated that 20 (53%) of 38 participants with a disability experienced challenges with exams and testing. An analysis of the responses revealed that 13 (34%) of 38 participants with a disability experienced challenges with classroom accommodations. Interpretation and implications of these findings are described.

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