Capstone/Dissertation Title

Exploring the elements of a successful community-based transition program

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question is how can a rich dialogue and reflective description of staff's teaching experiences in a community-based post-secondary transition program inform their practice? The literature review addresses Newmann and Wehlage's authentic teaching and learning and the development of a community of practice based on Blalock and Johnson and Bremer. Using staff interviews and self-reflection, the author documents key elements of a successful post-secondary special education program based in a community setting. The transition program's community of practice includes work sites, families, social support services and the community that the program is located in. Successful elements to this program lie in a creative leadership and staff, flexibility, understanding risk in the community, real life experiences, location, mission, vision and goals that all stakeholders agree upon, and building a strong supportive community of practice among all involved.

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