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Exploring Learner Variability: Experiences of Students with Cognitive Disabilities in Postsecondary STEM
written by Westley James, Kamryn Lamons, Jillian Schreffler, Eleazar Vasquez III, and Jacquelyn J. Chini
Students with disabilities make up approximately 10% of post-secondary students pursuing STEM degrees. Unfortunately, little is known about these students' experiences in post-secondary STEM classes. We are starting to address this knowledge gap by investigating the barriers, supports, and successes students with cognitive disabilities experience in college physics and chemistry courses. We interviewed both students with ADHD and STEM instructors about student experiences in introductory physics and chemistry courses. Initial findings suggest such courses pose a significant challenge for these students compared to their other courses and that certain instructor/student practices can reduce this challenge. Additionally, instructors report that while they may be unable to identify students with cognitive disabilities in their classrooms, they find that the difficulties these students encounter are found in varying degrees across all students. Thus, practices that benefit students with disabilities are likely to benefit all students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 192-195
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
= Instructional Issues
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Special Need
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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W. James, K. Lamons, J. Schreffler, E. Vasquez III, and J. Chini, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14603&DocID=4780).
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W. James, K. Lamons, J. Schreffler, E. Vasquez III, and J. Chini, Exploring Learner Variability: Experiences of Students with Cognitive Disabilities in Postsecondary STEM, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14603&DocID=4780>.
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James, W., Lamons, K., Schreffler, J., Vasquez III, E., & Chini, J. (2017, July 26-27). Exploring Learner Variability: Experiences of Students with Cognitive Disabilities in Postsecondary STEM. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved February 16, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14603&DocID=4780
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James, W, K. Lamons, J. Schreffler, E. Vasquez III, and J. Chini. "Exploring Learner Variability: Experiences of Students with Cognitive Disabilities in Postsecondary STEM." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14603&DocID=4780 (accessed 16 February 2020).
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James, Westley, Kamryn Lamons, Jillian Schreffler, Eleazar Vasquez III, and Jacquelyn Chini. "Exploring Learner Variability: Experiences of Students with Cognitive Disabilities in Postsecondary STEM." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 192-195 of PER Conference. 16 Feb. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14603&DocID=4780>.
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