Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Jason Brown


This research explored factors associated with self-determination among university-educated women with physical disabilities. Autoethnography and case study methods were employed. Participants were the researcher and five other women. Semi- structured interviews were conducted and the researcher also responded to the interview questions. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and transcripts were analyzed using a content analysis procedure. Journal entries by the researcher were analyzed as part of the autoethnographic data. Themes from the researcher data were compared to themes from the participant data at four levels: identical themes, similar themes, overlapping themes and unique theme. Themes were also compared to available literature concerning the experiences ofpeople with disabilities. Implications for educators and counsellors were presented.



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