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Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities
written by Westley James, Caroline Bustamante, Kamryn Lamons, and Jacquelyn J. Chini
Little research in physics education has explored the experiences of postsecondary students with disabilities (SWDs). Perspectives on disability vary in the extent to which they locate disability within the individual or within society. We conducted interviews with SWDs to explore their perspectives on disability and their experiences in STEM-specific courses. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis, we identified how the participants' experiences of impairment impacted their learning, often resulting in use of accommodations, such as extra test time. While accommodations allowed the participants to demonstrate content mastery, accommodation use also made them susceptible to disability stigma from peers and instructors who held an individual view of disability. Participants expressed that these feelings of stigma led them to value confidentiality. We argue that instructors who hold a social perspective of disability are in a better position to address barriers in the learning environment and to support SWDs.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
Subjects Levels Resource Types
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, C. Bustamante, K. Lamons, and J. Chini, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14801&DocID=4948).
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W. James, C. Bustamante, K. Lamons, and J. Chini, Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14801&DocID=4948>.
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James, W., Bustamante, C., Lamons, K., & Chini, J. (2018, August 1-2). Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved April 7, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14801&DocID=4948
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James, W, C. Bustamante, K. Lamons, and J. Chini. "Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14801&DocID=4948 (accessed 7 April 2020).
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James, Westley, Caroline Bustamante, Kamryn Lamons, and Jacquelyn Chini. "Beyond Disability as Weakness: Perspectives from Students with Disabilities." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 7 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14801&DocID=4948>.
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