This research study identifies the digital technology skills important for entry-level employees in the 21st-century workforce and assesses the digital technology preparation currently provided in Inclusive Postsecondary Education programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Digital technology skills were evaluated using the Digital Competence Conceptual Reference Model (2016). A survey was distributed to 100 U.S. employers to assess the digital technology skills in demand in the workforce. Inclusive Postsecondary Education programs were then evaluated to assess the digital technology skill preparation offered at 83 programs across the U.S. The results were analyzed to determine whether Inclusive Postsecondary Education programs are preparing individuals with intellectual disabilities with the digital technology skills necessary for job market competitiveness. Results indicated a misalignment in type of digital technology preparation offered at Inclusive postsecondary education programs and the digital technology skills perceived important in the workforce. The findings and implications of this study will provide a platform for further research and discussion about preparing individuals with disabilities for the 21st-century job market.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Education; Exceptional Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Moore, Erika, "An Exploration of the Digital Technology Skills Important in the Workforce and the Digital Technology Preparation of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1798.