Inclusive University Education Viewed by the Non Disabled Students

By Eugénia Maria Fernandes, Leandro Almeida and Joana Mourão.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this paper we present a study that tried to understand how university students without disability evaluate the impact of disability on academic life. This study is part of a major research project: Integration processes and academic success of university students with disability, which is supported by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. The purpose was to understand what they thought would have to change in their life in order to continue to study, if they had a disability. In order to see if there were differences between types of disabilities we distinguished three of them: physical, visual and hearing. 160 university students of different knowledge domains answered to a Perception of Disability Impact on Academic Life Questionnaire. We found that students with an affiliation to human and social sciences show more positive perception of the impact of disability on the academic involvement. In the same way, this positive perception is manifested by students who have a colleague with disability in their classes. Implications for university inclusive education will be discussed.

Keywords: Inclusive Education, Motor and Sensorial Disabilities, University Students

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.169-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.596KB).

Prof. Eugénia Maria Fernandes

Assistant Professor, Institute of Education and Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

I’m teaching in a clinic psychology course. I made a PhD in clinical psychology and I’m a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at the University Clinical Centre. My current research interests are focused on the human change in psychotherapy; in particular, relational and cognitive processes associated with therapeutic process; and on participant’s subjective experience of psychotherapy. Recently I’m interested on understanding cognitive and relational processes involved on self’s change in people with disabilities. I’m the main researcher of the Project Integration Processes and Academic Success of University Students with Disability, this supported by the National Scientific and Technology Foundation, and I supervise some master thesis on this disability and rehabilitation. Other activities that have received my attention included the study of psychological adjustment associated with diversity/ quality of personal experiences during life transitions events

Prof. Leandro Almeida

Professor, Institute of Education and Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

I'm a PhD in Educational Psychology and Full Professor of School Psychology at University of Minho. My main research topics concern cognition and learning at different academic levels. Recently I'm involved in the transition and adjustment to university, namely with non traditional students (older and ethnic minorities), where the personal and institutional variables are considered in a preventive approach to academic failure and drop-out. Actually I'm Vice-Rector of the University of Minho for the pedagogical area.

Joana Mourão

Researcher, Institute of Education and Psychology, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

I've been practicing clinical psychology at the University of Minho Clinical Centre for two years now and i'm starting my PhD in this area. My current research interests are focused on the psychotherapeutic process as it unfolds on the inter and intra session level, regarding the interpersonal relationships. I've integrated the Integration Processes and Academic Success of University Students with Disability Project as a researcher.

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