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Title: Decision making by youth with and without intellectual disabilities: a comparison of perceptions
Authors: Melnychuk, Barbara J.
Supervisor: Lutfiyya, Zana (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology)
Examining Committee: Young, Jon (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology) VanWalleghem, John (Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology) Hansen, Nancy (Disability Studies)
Graduation Date: October 2010
Keywords: decision making
intellectual disabilities
special education
educational administration
educational assistants
classroom teaching
high school
transition
self-determination
risk
quality of life
competence
safety
qualitative research
focus groups
graphic recording
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2010
Abstract: This qualitative study includes a comparison of the perceptions of students with and without intellectual disabilities regarding the opportunities they have to make decisions during the school day and school year. The data from the student groups were shared with adults in the school who then explored their perspectives regarding reasons for any similarities or differences in the perceptions of the student groups. Within-case and cross-case analysis of the data obtained from the three student focus groups, one teacher focus group, one educational assistant focus group and an interview with an administrator resulted in the identification of three major themes: structure of the system, role of adults and safety. Various ways that each of these can facilitate or limit opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities to make decisions during the school day and school year are discussed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4212
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