Thus am I: a narrative inquiry into identity

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dc.contributor Atkinson, Becky M.
dc.contributor Dagley, David L.
dc.contributor McKnight, Douglas
dc.contributor Robinson, Cecil D.
dc.contributor.advisor Tomlinson, Stephen Morgan, James Robert 2017-07-28T14:12:14Z 2017-07-28T14:12:14Z 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002620
dc.identifier.other Morgan_alatus_0004D_12986
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study sought to understand how students who were enrolled in postsecondary education and received support through special education services understand their identity. It was influenced by developmental theories of identity development and the professional interests of this researcher. It utilized narrative theory as conceived by Dan McAdams (1985, 1993, 2001) as both the methodology and a way of conceiving identity. Data was collected through a series of individual interviews. Participants were found to relate their identity as a series of stories. Their conception of self-identity views special education status as a trait, but not one central to their identity. Their families were viewed as central to how they understand their identities. Individuals outside of their families also had a strong impact on how they viewed themselves. Participants view differences as common both inside and outside of the special education population. Participants indicated a desire to help others heightened by their own struggles. Goals were well-articulated and used for self-motivation during times of academic difficulties. All shared negative school experiences unrelated to identity without prompts about the quality of their educations.
dc.format.extent 126 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Special education
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.subject.other Education
dc.title Thus am I: a narrative inquiry into identity
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies Instructional Leadership The University of Alabama doctoral Ed.D.

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