Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Life after high school: Experiences of adults with learning disabilities who participated in a work skills program in high school
by Olea, David Michael, Ed.D., Azusa Pacific University, 2016, 109; 10133483
Abstract (Summary)

This case study explores the life experiences of adults with learning disabilities who participated in a work skills program during high school and later transitioned into adult life post-secondary education. This empirical research analyzes the issues related to the transitional outcomes of eight adults who are learning disabled (LD) post-public education. This study was guided by the following question: How do young adults with learning disabilities experience post-secondary life after their participation in a work skills program in high school? Three themes emerged from the data: (a) Establishing Self-Concept, (b) Developing Vocational/Life Directions, and (c) Building Hope for the Future. The findings of this case study are interpreted in light of Super’s Stages in Career Development theory. This particular cohort of learning disabled adults are faring well in regard to obtaining employment and developing career/life directions regardless of disabilities. All of the participants are thriving at their own pace towards a more independent life. The work skills program they participated in during high school had a direct positive influence on their transition into adult life post-secondary education. Findings reveal that, contrary to some research, these young adults are actively engaged in adult life with the determination to work, learn, and gain independence as they navigate the transition toward adulthood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Christian, Pamela M.
Commitee: Thorsos, Nilsa, Yau, Jenny Y.P.
School: Azusa Pacific University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Higher education, Vocational education
Keywords: Adults with learning disabilities, Learning disabilities, Post secondary education, Transition, Transition of special education students, Work skills
Publication Number: 10133483
ISBN: 9781339920580
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