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Supporting the Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in Informal Learning Through an Informative Audition Process

Nelson, Megan (2021) Supporting the Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities in Informal Learning Through an Informative Audition Process. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The number of children with disabilities in traditional education environments and out-of- school learning environments is increasing. It is estimated that about 17% of children between of 3 and 17 years of age have one or more disability in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). A formal process for identifying the needs of participants within out-of- school learning contexts has yet to be discovered. In this article, I present an improvement science study within a community theater group. I created an informed audition process to explore the effect of supports and adaptations, grounded in evidence-based practices, on social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes as well as self-confidence and engagement in theater participants. Results suggest that an informed process for including individuals with disabilities can positively affect the outcomes for these participants. Implications for further practice and inquiry are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nelson, Meganmdn27@pitt.edumdn27
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSrsic, Amyasrsic@pitt.eduasrsic
Committee MemberAkiva, Tomtomakiva@pitt.edutakiva
Committee MemberKiger Lee, BrigetteKIGERLEE@pitt.eduKIGERLEE
Committee MemberSnyder,
Date: 31 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 June 2021
Approval Date: 31 August 2021
Submission Date: 22 July 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: special education, out-of-school learning, theater, disability
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 17:26
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 17:26


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