Quality of life of higher education students with learning disabilities studying online

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Lambert, David C. and Dryer, Rachel. (2018). Quality of life of higher education students with learning disabilities studying online. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 65(4), pp. 393 - 407. https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2017.1410876
AuthorsLambert, David C. and Dryer, Rachel
Abstract

This study examined how learning challenges encountered within online learning environments affected the quality of life of students with learning disability. A qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews conducted with eight students (mean age = 33.75 years; SD = 8.15), revealed that learning challenges had consequences on students quality of life with regards to levels of stress/anxiety, self-esteem, time available for other activities, personal relationships and financial pressures. A notable finding was that these quality of life concerns were frequently associated with the extra time and effort students invested in their studies as a way of managing the learning challenges encountered. The findings of this study provide valuable insights into the higher levels of anxiety and lower levels of self-esteem previously reported for students with learning disability; and underscore the importance of minimising learning barriers, providing study accommodations, and providing multifaceted support programmes that address both academic and emotional/personal concerns.

Keywordsbarriers to learning; distance education; higher education; learning disability; online education; online learning; quality of life; qualitative content analysis
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Journal citation65 (4), pp. 393 - 407
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1034-912X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2017.1410876
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85039050621
Page range393 - 407
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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