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Intellectual capital’s contribution to higher education of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a qualitative study

Ibraheem Abdulaziz Almuaqel (Department of Special Education, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Journal of Intellectual Capital

ISSN: 1469-1930

Article publication date: 18 April 2024

Issue publication date: 2 July 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to qualitatively analyze how faculty can mobilize the intellectual capital of higher education institutions (HEIs), comprising human, structural and relational capital to enable the education and learning of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing upon the extant literature, the researcher conducted a qualitative study through written, in-depth interviews with a sample of 40 academic staff/faculty members having prior experience in teaching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The data was collected through a set of questions formulated as key questions, to be asked to all participants for their responses.

Findings

Results of the analysis demonstrated that intellectual capital’s contribution to higher education of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be best understood in terms of its three components/dimensions. Accordingly, three main themes, with each comprising two sub-themes were uncovered. The first theme, leveraging human capital comprised: faculty acumen and faculty training as sub-themes; the second theme, resourcing structural capital comprised: tangible and intangible structural capital as sub-themes; and the third theme, nurturing relational capital comprised: in-class engagement and the second is ex-class connection as sub-themes.

Originality/value

The paper collects data from 40 faculty having prior experience in teaching individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore and reveal a completely new perspective of looking at intellectual capital as a means of providing accessible and inclusive higher education to differently-abled students, making them a part of the mainstream.

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Acknowledgements

The author extend his appreciation to the King Salman Center For Disability Research for funding this work (No: KSRG-2022-074).

Citation

Almuaqel, I.A. (2024), "Intellectual capital’s contribution to higher education of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: a qualitative study", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 25 No. 2/3, pp. 360-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIC-08-2023-0188

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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