An ecological model of social interaction between deaf and hearing students within a postsecondary educational setting

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Title: An ecological model of social interaction between deaf and hearing students within a postsecondary educational setting
Author: Foster, Susan; DeCaro, Patricia
Abstract: Deaf students are enrolling in postsecondary educational institutions in the United States in greater numbers than ever before. However, attrition rates remain high. Models for explaining persistence in college link success to student integration within the informal and social fabric of their institution. The research reported in this paper is the result of a study of social integration of deaf and hearing students within a residence hall on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. It was found that characteristics of both the individual and of the postsecondary environment are important in explaining interaction levels. An ecological model is proposed as a framework for describing and analyzing student integration within informal and social dimensions of college life.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/6055
Publishers URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02674649166780241
Date: 1991

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