The voices of students with learning disabilities: An untold story
LE3 .A278 2012
Bachelor of Arts
This thesis examines the benefit for students with learning disabilities of attending a small Canadian University. The research investigated the importance of an extensive social network in establishing a stable self-concept and high self-esteem, which has been shown to have a large impact on academic success. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with students with learning disabilities seeking assistance at Acadia University’s Resource Centre. An employee of the Resource Centre was also interviewed. The results indicated that, overall, students felt that they benefited by attending Acadia University. Students felt Acadia provided a sense of community, yet a specific community was lacking for students with learning disabilities. Based on the findings of the interviews and an extensive review of the literature, policy changes and recommendations are provided. The focus of these policy suggestions is to enhance the learning environment for students with learning disabilities, while establishing a community for students with learning disabilities.
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