The problem of practice that this dissertation addressed was the post-secondary transition of students with disabilities, which has garnered national and international attention for decades. This dissertation was completed to inform the educational community regarding the potential for improvement in the post-secondary transition process of students with disabilities. Multiple factors were examined related to helping students with disabilities develop appropriate skills to transition through school into personally successful, post-secondary activities and environments. A pilot study was conducted to inform a potential transition framework. Invitations to participate in an anonymous survey were sent to 741 teachers in the district via email. The survey, conducted in a small North Florida School District, had 289 nine participants, but not all participants were targeted to respond to every question. In addition to the quantitative items, the survey included several open response questions, which were coded and themed to inform the framework and specific concerns of the Director of Exceptional Student Services. The data from the pilot study were used to develop the K – 12 Transition Framework, which included levels of knowledge development from kindergarten through high school. Introducing students with disabilities to post-secondary transition concepts in the elementary grades supports the construction of a prior knowledge base at the elementary grade level. The prior knowledge base will be enhanced potential knowledge growth regarding opportunities, education and careers. This will translate into the successful transition of students with disabilities into personally successful, post-secondary activities and environments.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Delaney, Clydia, "K-12 Transition Framework for Students with Disabilties" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5039.