Date Approved

5-13-2000

Embargo Period

6-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Instructional materials centers--New Jersey; Learning disabled children--Education

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Learning disabled students are being placed in regular education classrooms because of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act '97 (IDEA'97). A questionnaire was sent to library media specialists in New Jersey middle schools asking how they accommodated learning disabled students. It questioned the library media specialists' training, programs, feelings and how they service this population. It also asked about the accommodations made for the learning disabled student in the library media center. The results of the survey indicated that more staff training is needed. School library media specialists are concerned about finding materials that are low level reading, but high interest to accommodate learning disabled students. Most collaboration between library media specialists and classroom teachers takes place on a daily basis. It is recommended that more programs need to be established for the learning disabled student in most school districts in New Jersey.

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