The ableist Othering of disability in the classroom: an experiential investigation of academic adjustments in higher education

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Show simple item record Reutlinger, Corey Jon en_US 2015-05-07T21:21:34Z 2015-05-07T21:21:34Z 2015-05-07
dc.description.abstract Due to a rising interest for degrees in higher education, more students with disabilities have enrolled in the university system. Still, accessibility issues on campuses suggest institutions are not meeting the needs of students in the classroom or through curricula. This study examines current academic adjustments and the lived experiences of students with disabilities in order to understand the ableist Othering phenomenon in higher education. Qualitative research methods have been commonly used to investigate the “disabled voice”; however, triangulation of such methodologies has been criticized for reinforcing Otherness. This study used a phenomenological design implementing rhetorical agency for disabled students to answer open-ended questions in semi-structured interviews about their lived experiences. Consequently, such interviews created a platform for social change. The author also reflects on his own lived experiences as a deaf student in higher education. Findings include major themes such as a percolation of institutional hegemony, a re-appropriation of stigma through “voice,” and a call for inclusive strategies. Results indicate disabled students experience discrimination likely due to organizational tension in their university institution. Further, this study elaborates on proposed policy changes to college classrooms on large university campuses. Contributions of this study lie in implications for the future of qualitative inquiry, including how current research practices could undergo methodological reinvention to examine the ableist Othering phenomenon. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject accessibility en_US
dc.subject disability en_US
dc.subject triangulation en_US
dc.subject ableist Othering en_US
dc.subject rhetorical agency en_US
dc.title The ableist Othering of disability in the classroom: an experiential investigation of academic adjustments in higher education en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communications Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Timothy Steffensmeier en_US
dc.subject.umi Communication (0459) en_US
dc.subject.umi Special Education (0529) en_US
dc.subject.umi Theoretical Mathematics (0642) en_US 2015 en_US August en_US

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