Dallas Campus (Online)
Date of Award
Doctor of Education
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Ana Gomez de Torres
© Copyright by Oralia Guzmán-Wheeler (2022) All Rights Reserved iv Abstract More than half of English language learners with learning disabilities who enroll in college to obtain an undergraduate degree drop out. This narrative study’s purpose was to examine the ways English language learners with disabilities navigate the system of higher education and overcome challenges along the path toward college graduation. The participants in this qualitative interview study included six undergraduate students attending a 4-year college in central Texas. The narrative design involved participants sharing their lived stories and experiences in semistructured interviews. The data analysis revealed the following four main themes: (a) long and winding roads to success; (b) learning disabilities and English language learners: challenging labels; (c) navigating the system: is it all about accommodations?; and (d) simply move forward: overcoming challenges. The results of this study emphasized students’ awareness that they were their own advocates when overcoming obstacles and paving the way to success. The findings contribute to the body of research on English language learners with learning disabilities. University officials should consider developing programs targeting English language learners who are at risk of failing because of undiagnosed learning disabilities.
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Guzman-Wheeler, Oralia, "Personal Narratives of English Language Learners With Learning Disabilities: Paving the Way to Success at a Private University in Central Texas" (2022). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 508.