Tracking Network Growth of Students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Understanding the Challenges, Expectations, and Realizations of Families in a Postsecondary Program
Tracking Network Growth in a Postsecondary Program
Keywords:social network analysis; postsecondary education; intellectual disabilities; self-determination; employment
Social Network Analysis is used to track the growth of students’ network in a PSE from their perspective and their parents’ perspective. Analysis from both perspectives found that while there was an increase in network size and a shift from family-centered networks to more peer centered networks, there was a decrease in density as participants formed distinct clusters in their network, an indication that network characteristics vary geographically based on the level of opportunities available. This mixed-methods study revealed individual and programmatic implications for helping students develop their social networks to increase social capital and improve employment outcomes.
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