College Students with Learning Disabilities in Mathematics : Are They Struggling to Achieve in the Postsecondary Education Setting

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Title: College Students with Learning Disabilities in Mathematics : Are They Struggling to Achieve in the Postsecondary Education Setting
Author: Featherston, Larry Wayne
Abstract: According to the U .S . Department of Education (2002 ) , there are approximately 1 ,669 ,000 students with disabilities at the postsecondary educational setting . Of these , 29 .4 % have an orthopedic or mobility impairment , 17 .1 % have a mental illness , 15 .1 % have a systemic illness or impairment , 11 .9 % have a visual or hearing impairment , 6 .4 % have attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder , and 5 .0 % have a learning disabilities . While there are approximately 75 ,000 with learning disabilities or attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder , current research has focused on students with learning disabilities as a homogenous group . There is limited research on how well students with learning disabilities in mathematics achieve academic success at the postsecondary level . This study will examine academic achievement scores for a group of 70 college students with diagnosed learning disabilities in mathematics attending a south -central , public , four -year university between 2000 and 2004 . Using an ex post facto or retrospective study design for Phase I of the study , students with learning disabilities in mathematics will be compared to the universities general undergraduate student population . Analysis will also be conducted to determine if differences exist between students with only a mathematics disorder and those with mathematics and additional learning disabilities . Relationships will be examined between (a ) demographic characteristics (age , gender , and race ) , (b ) overall college Grade Point Average , (c ) overall math course Grade Point Average , and (d ) ACT Composite and ACT Math scores . Qualitative and quantitative methods of data gathering will be used as a follow -up to help explain and give meaning to the initial results in Phase I . This study will also examine and compare the convergent and discriminate validity of the Self -Efficacy Scale (SES ) and the Social Adjustment Scale II (SAS -II ) .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /373
Date: 2005-05-03

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College Students with Learning Disabilities in Mathematics : Are They Struggling to Achieve in the Postsecondary Education Setting. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 .5 /373 .

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