The Role Of Students In Disabilities In Education

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There is an increasing prevalence of disability in modern school populations. Only a small percentage of this group, however, attends post-secondary institutions to further their education, and an even smaller amount attends these for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education or careers. Recently, an article entitled “Postsecondary STEM Education for Students with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from a Decade of NSF Funding” was published, detailing a project spanning four years that was focused on increasing the participation of students with disabilities in STEM careers and education. This paper will analyze the purpose, research methods used, and the results of the project.
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51). In the Citation Analysis Study, researchers collected data from the published works of the Principal Investigators to be analyzed for their influence.
The Principal Investigators in the Research in Disability Education Synthesis Project found that there are several common challenges faced when it comes to increasing participation in the STEM field by people with learning disabilities. Students with learning disabilities were generally unprepared for postsecondary courses because they had previously had very low amounts of exposure to more challenging coursework. Also, it was found that there is a lack of understanding and acceptance of these students in postsecondary institutions., along with a lack of available accommodations and resources. In addition, “staff and tutors knew little about disabilities and were unable to assist or communicate effectively” (Thurston et al., 2017, p. 52). Some solutions to these challenges that have been implemented or could be implemented in the future include campus disability services and accommodations such as “additional exam time, provision of classroom notetaking, faculty-provided written course notes or assignments… and adaptive equipment and technology” (Thurston et al., 2017, p.

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