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Teachers' Attitudes Towards Inclusion and the Effect on Professional Development
Teachers' Attitudes Towards Inclusion and the Effect on Professional Development
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Joyce A. Carr
Inclusive education has increased for students with disabilities within our public schools since the reauthorization of IDEA ( 1997). This change has resulted in a paradigm shift for both general and special education teachers. Research has shown the success of inclu...
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Inclusive education has increased for students with disabilities within our public schools since the reauthorization of IDEA ( 1997). This change has resulted in a paradigm shift for both general and special education teachers. Research has shown the success of inclusive education is impacted by many factors, one being the attitude of the teachers. Attitude is comprised of three components, Behavioral, Cognitive and Affective (Gregory & Noto, 2012). Understanding what component is a strength or an area that could use improvement will enable educational leaders to develop professional development and training opportunities to address their educators' gaps in attitude in regards to inclusive education. This study identified whether there was a relationship between teacher attitude about inclusion and their teaching assignment, level at which they teach and/or years of teaching experience. A survey was conducted resulting in 219 participants completing the necessary information to be included in the research, which included three demographic questions, as well as a nine item Likert scale questionnaire. General education teachers made up 69.90% of the participants, special education teachers made up 30.10%. Elementary educators were 58% of the respondents, secondary were 42%. Regarding years of teaching experiences for the participants, 7.3% had 0-3 years, 11.9% had 4-9 years and the largest majority of respondents, 80.80%, had ten years or more. After receiving the survey for this quantitative study, responses were analyzed using SPSS, descriptive statistics, Cronbach a, t-Tests, ANOVA and multiple linear regression. Findings of this study indicated general education teachers have a lower level of agreement than their special education colleagues in both the cognitive and affective components of attitude towards inclusion for students with disabilities. Results also indicated that teachers with more than ten years of teaching experience have lower cognitive agreement than those who have taught for fewer years. Lastly, the study showed there was no significant difference in regards to the three components based on the grade level teachers taught. From this study, recommendations for professional development and trainings, as well as future research, were addressed.
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2018
Effects of an iPad as a prompting device on increasing independence skills in elementary students with autism spectrum disorder
Effects of an iPad as a prompting device on increasing independence skills in elementary students with autism spectrum disorder
Stephanie M. Hindman
Students with autism spectrum disorder can experience challenges in acquiring the necessary adaptive skills to successfully transition out of high school. These challenges can prevent them from achieving independence, making them reliant on adults for everyday tasks ...
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Students with autism spectrum disorder can experience challenges in acquiring the necessary adaptive skills to successfully transition out of high school. These challenges can prevent them from achieving independence, making them reliant on adults for everyday tasks and having a restrictive impact on their level of involvement in their school and community. Current research is exploring the use of iPads as prompting tools on the acquisition of adaptive skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, specifically with individuals at the middle and high school level (Bouck, Savage, Meyer, Taber-Doughty, & Hunley, 2014; Gardner & Wolfe, 2015; Plavnick, Sam, Hume, & Odom, 2013). The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of an iPad with the FileMaker app to promote independence skills by presenting daily living tasks through video and static picture prompting to third through sixth grade students with autism. A multiple probe design was utilized across three daily living skills and replicated across four participants to determine the effectiveness of an iPad with the FileMaker app as a prompting tool. Results indicate that participants could select a desired prompt type and that some participants could self-prompt through task steps for various skills without adult intervention. All participants were able to decrease the mean percentage of steps completed independently correct from the initial probe phase to the iPad intervention phase. In addition, participants were able to maintain high levels of performance in follow-up and maintenance probes.
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2017
Examining the effects of class size on student achievement in the Mohawk area school district
Examining the effects of class size on student achievement in the Mohawk area school district
an individual participant meta-analytic investigation
Lorree Houk
The issue of class size is a contentious issue in American education. While there is substantial empirical support for the existence of a negative correlation between class size and student achievement, numerous practical difficulties prevent schools from being able ...
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The issue of class size is a contentious issue in American education. While there is substantial empirical support for the existence of a negative correlation between class size and student achievement, numerous practical difficulties prevent schools from being able to further shrink class sizes. Policy-makers and educators need to achieve a more precise understanding of the degree to which class sizes make contributions to student achievement, as only such an understanding can allow decision-makers to set an effective class size policy. Educators have indicated that with smaller class sizes they are able to produce better student achievement results in reading and mathematics. With the increase in teacher accountability, class size is a topic discussed at the school district level. This independent meta-analytic investigation occurred within the Mohawk Area School District. The study sample included 93 reading classrooms and 97 mathematics classrooms ranging from grade levels kindergarten through eighth grade. The purpose of this quantitative case study based on statistical meta-analysis as to calculate the effect size of class size on student achievement in the Mohawk Area School District, Grades K-8. This purpose was achieved through calculating the effect size using Cohen's d. The i-Ready assessment was used as the standardized measure to calculate the effect of class size on achievement in reading and math. The analysis of this investigation indicates that there is no meaningful effect of class size on reading and math performance. These results are important considerations for the Mohawk Area School District as it faces budget constraints that impact the ability of the district to make class size decisions in the best interest of the staff and students.
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2017
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Morrow Field House
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North Hall
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Old Main
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Spotts World Culture Building
Spotts World Culture Building
Strain Safety Building
Strain Safety Building
Strain Behavioral Science Building
Robert M Smith Student Center
Robert M Smith Student Center
Patterson Hall
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President's Residence
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Pearl K Stoner Instructional Complex
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Robert A Lowry Center
Robert A Lowry Center
Gail Rose Lodge
Gail Rose Lodge
Boyer, R.C. Interview Transcript
Boyer, R.C. Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of R. C. Boyer on October 10, 1994.
1994
Briles, Nelson Interview Transcript
Briles, Nelson Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of Nelson Briles.
1994
Douglas, Tab Interview Transcript
Douglas, Tab Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of Tab Douglas on November 2, 1994.
1994
Evenoski, Walter Interview Transcript
Evenoski, Walter Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of Walter Evenoski on November 20, 1994.
1994
Fentress, Jonathon Interview Transcript
Fentress, Jonathon Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of Jonathon Fentress on October 12, 1994.
1994
Foster, Gary Interview Transcript
Foster, Gary Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Audio recording of the interview of Gary Foster on November 22, 1994.
1994
Francona, John Interview Transcript
Francona, John Interview Transcript
Baseball in Pennsylvania Oral History Collection
Transcript of the interview of John Francona November 17, 1994.
1994