Date Approved

5-6-1996

Embargo Period

9-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley

Subject(s)

Children with disabilities--Education (Elementary); Elementary school teachers--Attitudes; Mainstreaming in education

Disciplines

Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to determine if general educators felt they were meeting the diverse needs of classified students in the mainstream setting. The sample consisted of twenty teachers from an elementary school in an affluent community. The classification of the special education students ranged from perceptually impaired to emotionally disturbed. A questionnaire consisting of four open ended questions was distributed and content analysis methodology was used to analyze the responses. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed felt they had a positive experience teaching the special education student, while thirty percent expressed negative experiences and fifteen percent of the teachers could not decide if their experience was positive or negative. Those surveyed expressed the need for more information about the special education children they are to teach as well as staff training and appropriately trained paraprofessionals.

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