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|Title:||EXPERIENCES OF TRANSITION FROM UNIVERSITY TO KNOWLEDGE WORK FOR GRADUATES WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES|
|Department:||Geography and Earth Sciences|
|Keywords:||learning disability;participatory action research;knowledge economy;postsecondary;Disability and Equity in Education;Higher Education;Human Geography;Place and Environment;Disability and Equity in Education|
|Abstract:||<p><h1>There is a growing number of students with disabilities accessing postsecondary education in Ontario. Among this student body, students with learning disabilities are the largest sub-group. These students transition into knowledge workplaces, which have significant cognitive performance standards. Although there is some emerging literature on the outcome of university graduates with learning disabilities, there is little known about their <em>experiences </em>during this transition process.</h1></p> <p>There are two central purposes of this doctoral thesis: a) to provide insight into the experiences of transition for university graduates with learning disabilities, and b) to critically reflect upon the practicalities and politics of implementing participatory action research. The papers gathered in this dissertation are based upon a participatory action research project with mentees, and interviews with both mentees and mentors from a learning disability mentorship program at an Ontario university. The first paper is a collaborative writing piece with co-researchers that applies an analogy of ‘taking center stage’ to reflect upon the process of participation for co-researchers. The second paper involves a critical reflection of the <em>imagined distance </em>that took place amongst the research team, and an exploration of participatory techniques to address this distance. The third paper examines qualitative interviews with mentors and mentees on three stages of the transition process: interview, general cognitive ability testing and probationary period.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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