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Educational leaders' beliefs and attitudes regarding core and current issues in special education


2012 2012

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The purpose of this study was to examine education leaders' knowledge of core and current issues in special education and how this knowledge is acquired. The study also examined the educational leaders' beliefs and practices regarding collaboration, response-to-intervention, and inclusion. Finally, the study examined the social justice issues that arise with the responsibility to educate "all" students (FAPE).

An on-line survey was answered by 161 principals and assistant principals in an Education Service Center in West Texas. A limited understanding of current issues in special education was found among campus administrators. Especially, in the areas of learning and effective teaching practices such as universally designed lessons and the general education initiative of response-to-intervention. The majority of the respondents had no prior experience in special education, 46% had no experience with RTI; less than 50% reported having completed a course devoted to the administration of special education programs, special education issues and special education law. Almost half of the educational leaders (47.2%) indicated that their certification program "had not" prepared them to deal with special education issues.

Regarding the educational leaders' ethical outlook in dealing with students with disabilities and how they viewed their responsibility to educate students with disabilities, more than 90% believed that educational leaders were responsible for educating all students, included were students with disabilities. Yet only, approximately 60% were in agreement to include test scores of special education students on the campus accountability rating.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational leadership;
Special education
Classification
0449: Educational leadership
0529: Special education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Core issues; Leader beliefs; Special education
Title
Educational leaders' beliefs and attitudes regarding core and current issues in special education
Author
Lucker, Josie
Number of pages
157
Publication year
2012
Degree date
2012
School code
0459
Source
DAI-A 73/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781267436108
Advisor
Rincones, Rodolfo
Committee member
Daresh, John; Hammond, Helen; Sorenson, Richard
University/institution
The University of Texas at El Paso
Department
Ed. Leadership & Admin.
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3513390
ProQuest document ID
1027141238
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/1027141238
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