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This is an invitation to participate in a research study focused on adult education and disabilities, sponsored by Georgia Southern University. My name is Amelia Davis and I am an Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern. Along with my colleagues, Jessica Lester and Jon Hilpert, I am administering an online survey to find out how adult educators work with adult students who have disabilities and the types of training and resources that are available. Through this research, we hope to increase our understanding of how adult educators orient to disability and the relationship they draw between disability and adult education. We also hope to gain increased awareness of the types of resources and professional development opportunities that are available for adult educators regarding students labeled with disabilities. Due to the lack of research connecting adult education and disability studies, we anticipate drawing interdisciplinary connections through this research and look forward to sharing our findings with you.
Adult educators across the country may participate in this study by answering a series of questions related to working with adult students with disabilities. This online survey is anonymous, should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed by clicking on the link here.
Thank you for your time! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have included more detailed information about me and my colleagues below.
Amelia Davis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. She has spent 10 years in adult basic education in North Carolina, Washington, Tennessee, and Georgia as an instructor, program administrator, volunteer tutor, and researcher. Amelia’s primary research focuses on adult education student populations and instructional strategies for adult basic education.
Jessica Lester, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology at Indiana University. Her areas of expertise include disability studies in education and qualitative methodologies, specifically discourse analysis.
Jonathan Hilpert, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. Jon brings expertise of survey research design and statistical analysis to this project. His work ensures reliability and validity of the survey instrument.
For those of you that have completed the survey, thank you! We really appreciate your feedback. For those of you that might have glanced at the survey but not completed it yet, if you are willing, please take a few minutes to complete the survey! It is so difficult to get responses and despite posting the survey on both the COABE site and in this LINCS community we only have 45 responses so far! We were hoping for many more and 100 at the least.
The Dis/abilities and Adult Education community is a community of people who have knowledge and expertise that we want to draw upon in our research . Please take the time to share your knowledge and experience with us through this survey. For each Likert question you answer there is a space to tell us what you really think and share your experiences with us. It is completely anonymous.
Also, feel free to pass this on to other colleagues and acquaintances in the field!
If you have questions or comments, please let me know!