Benefits ofE-mentoring during transition to postsecondary education for adolescents with special needs

Lim, Y.K. and Loh, S.C. (2015) Benefits ofE-mentoring during transition to postsecondary education for adolescents with special needs. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning (ICTL 2015), 27-28 Oktober 2015, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Engaging in postsecondary education provides opportunities for adolescents to acquire and develop new skills such as higher order thinking and technical skills which can better prepare them for careers that are in demand by the job market. Thus, successful transition from high school to postsecondary education and eventually to employment is a critical process in every adolescent's life. Nevertheless, navigating the transition process can be difficult as many adolescents are not well prepared for the level of responsibility and independence required. This process can be even more challenging for adolescents with special needs, due to their disability which may compound their difficulties. Fortunately, technological advances have opened up a wide range of learning opportunities for individuals with special needs, especially through mentoring. Electronic mentoring, also known as e-mentoring, brings significant positive impact to adolescents with special needs. It allows these adolescents to exchange practical information, receive support and establish accepting relationship with less prejudice that can ultimately improve their transition skills, which allow them to better adapt to postsecondary institutions and work environments. This paper presents the results of a study that explored the benefits of e-mentoring for adolescents with special needs during their transition to postsecondary education, from the viewpoints of adolescents with special needs, their mentors and parents. Using the qualitative research design of phenomenology, the result qualitative data were presented in rich and thick descriptions. The findings of the study provide support for the benefits of e-mentoringfor the personal development of adolescents with special needs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic mentoring, transition, postsecondary education, adolescents with special needs
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Safri
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 01:13
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 01:13

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