Date Approved

5-6-2003

Embargo Period

5-11-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Rowan University--Students; College students--Attitudes; Learning disabled--Education

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the challenges faced by college students with learning disabilities from their own perspective. Interviews were conducted with four first-year students with learning disabilities and five sophomore, junior, and senior students with learning disabilities. The subjects attended Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. The subjects were varied in race, socioeconomic backgrounds, and majors. They all attended college full-time. Qualitative data analysis was performed in order to construct thematic categories from recurring patterns. It was found that college students with learning disabilities have difficulties in college that are unique. They not only have academic difficulties, they also have social difficulties and they lack the support systems necessary to succeed. Many of the subjects did not have enriching academic experiences as children. Because of this, they find the college transition challenging. It was found that the single most important aspect to the success of these students was support by parents and faculty members.

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