Date Approved

4-6-2005

Embargo Period

4-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Moyer, David

Subject(s)

Inclusive education--New Jersey; Middle school education--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purposes of this exploratory investigation were to (a) evaluate the effectiveness and perceptions of inclusion programs at the middle school level; and (b) specifically evaluate the program at Voorhees Middle School in Voorhees, New Jersey, for its effectiveness. Educational literature was examined. Nine teachers, three administrators, and fifty students were surveyed, interviewed, and observed at Voorhees Middle School. Data were analyzed in a comparative manner. Students and teachers believe that these programs are effective in meeting the needs of the special education students. The findings from the educational research and the study of the Voorhees Middle School inclusion programs were congruent. Inclusion programs at the middle school level can be a benefit for students socially and academically.

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