Bicol University R&D Journal

Official Refereed Journal of Bicol University

4500 Legazpi City,Philippines

Print ISSN: 0016-4139       Online ISSN: 2719-082X

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Status of Compliance of Higher Education Institutions in Bataan to a Barrier-Free School Environment for Persons with Disability

Publisher: Bicol University

This multiple case study aimed to identify the status of compliance of selected higher education institutions (HEIs) to a barrier-free school environment for persons with disability (PWD) during academic year 2018–2019. The participants of the study included school heads, director and chairperson of the office of the student affairs, guidance officers, PWD students and alumni, and PWD teachers who were chosen using purposive sampling method. The research locales of the study were the three HEIs in the province of Bataan. Moreover, data triangulation was utilized in data gathering, which included in-depth interview, focus group discussion, document analysis and prolonged engagement. To analyze the data gathered from the procedures mentioned above, cross-case analysis was conducted. In the entirety of the data collection period, ethical principles of justice, beneficence, and respect for persons were observed. Informed consent forms were distributed to participants, especially PWD students prior to data collection. Moreover, trustworthiness of the data was observed. The following three themes emerged: inadequate PWD-friendly facilities and programs, neglect in the needs of PWDs in school planning, and emerging opportunities for inclusive school environment for PWDs. Concludingly, the HEIs under study have inadequate PWDfriendly facilities and programs. In addition, the needs of the PWDs are often neglected during school planning. In spite of these difficulties, there are emerging opportunities that HEIs may use in order to create an inclusive school environment for PWDs like accreditation. This study, which focus on the fundamental principle of inclusive education and educational needs of PWDs, is significant in the areas of educational management and psychology, guidance and counselling and social studies among others.

Job D. Paguio
Lourdes S. Santos

barrier-free environment
inclusive environment
persons with disability

July 06, 2020

CHED-JIP Recognized Journal as per CMO NO. 50, s. 2018.

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Higher Education Regional Research Center, Bicol University East Campus, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

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