Emery, Alyssa A
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This dissertation utilizes two approaches to phenomenological inquiry to examine students’ subjective experiences. First, Chapter 1 provides an overview of the problem of underrepresentation of people with disabilities in STEM careers. Then, Chapter 2 reviews the research literature on classroom motivation, and suggests that students with disabilities may have qualitatively different motivational and affective experiences in their learning environments that are not adequately addressed by prominent theories.