The impact of disabilities and long-term medical conditions on the student learning experience at USQ

Lawson, Kym and Werth, Shalene and Dunn, Peter and d'Abadie, Danielle (2008) The impact of disabilities and long-term medical conditions on the student learning experience at USQ. In: Pathways 9, 02-05 Dec 2008, Melbourne, Australia.


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[Abstract]: A disability or long-term medical condition often plays a major role in decision-making regarding many life choices including educational options. Since the introduction of legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act (1992), educational institutions have implemented organisational and policy changes to improve access and participation for students with a disability. Whilst many improvements have been made, ongoing research is required to assess the impact at the student level. The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is undertaking a study to examine the learning experience of students with a disability. Through a combination of survey, interview and assessment of learning style, this study reviews a number of aspects including the influence of disability on choices relating to study, barriers to participation, utilisation of support services, and learning style preferences. This paper details the first year of a proposed three-year study. Preliminary results reveal that: neurological conditions may impact less on study by comparison to other disabilities; disability appeared to have the most impact on placements, exams and practicals and the least impact on physical access and online aspects. Quantitative investigation provides an in-depth view of the impact of disability on individual students. Limitations and directions for future research are also discussed. Information from this study will enable USQ to improve services, guide academic practice, and better understand the impact of disability. The information may also be applicable to other educational settings and serve to guide further research in the area.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions, or that authors don't retain copyright. Authors also from Student Services, USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2009 12:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: long-term medical condition, university, student experience, university participation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education

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