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An Exploration Of Consultant Teaching: Instructional Methods And Materials To Support Struggling Learners, Karen E. Burdick May 2017

An Exploration Of Consultant Teaching: Instructional Methods And Materials To Support Struggling Learners, Karen E. Burdick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study explores the consultant teaching model, and consultant teacher roles in the classroom. Specifically, this study focuses on consultant teacher’s methods and materials they use to support diverse learners. By meeting with and interviewing consultant teachers, I was able to better understand the factors that drive instructional methods and materials that are used in the classroom.


Changing The Mindset: A Look At Current Literacy Practices And How These Are Failing Boys, Rebecca Oliver Jan 2017

Changing The Mindset: A Look At Current Literacy Practices And How These Are Failing Boys, Rebecca Oliver

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The special education population in schools in the United States shows a significant disproportionality between male and female students. Often special education referrals are made due, in part, to student underperformance in reading and basic literacy skills. Using past studies regarding best practices for literacy instruction, gender studies, and special education, the current study looks to understand what teachers can do to eliminate the inequality in special education referrals between genders in school-aged children. Results suggest that female students begin school with a head start to their male counterparts, and because of this, typically do well in the earlier grades ...


Adapted Living Environment Lessons To Support All Students: A Toolkit Of Strategies And Scaffolds For Teaching Science To Students With Learning Disabilities In An Inclusive Setting, Kristen M. Kimble Feb 2016

Adapted Living Environment Lessons To Support All Students: A Toolkit Of Strategies And Scaffolds For Teaching Science To Students With Learning Disabilities In An Inclusive Setting, Kristen M. Kimble

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Students with disabilities continue to lag behind their non-disabled peers in academic achievement. Continued support is required to help them bridge this gap, and realize academic success. Increasingly, students with mild to moderate disabilities are spending the majority of their school day mainstreamed into integrated, inclusive classes. While there are potential benefits for all parties to this arrangement, it can present challenges to the educator trying to balance multiple interest levels, learning styles and ability levels in the same classroom. The vast majority of special education students don’t require classroom modifications, or changes to the content delivered or expectations ...


Educating All Students? Successfully Supporting Students With Emotional Disabilities, Emily R. Davis Dec 2015

Educating All Students? Successfully Supporting Students With Emotional Disabilities, Emily R. Davis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Within the last five years, the Department of Education Archives (n.d.) indicates the number of students classified with emotional disabilities ED enrolled in public schools has increased by ten percent. These increased numbers require that teachers need to be prepared to successfully support students with ED. This analytic review explores ways to meet the students’ needs both academically and emotionally. Discussion of placement, academic and social interventions, and the nature of special education proved focal. My analysis suggests that there needs to be a blend of academic supports and behavior modifications in place for students with ED for them ...


Reflective Peace In The At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick Aug 2015

Reflective Peace In The At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The intent of this project was to design a system to encourage self-reflection in the At-risk classroom. As teachers and staff working with these students, we must first learn and then model the success of self-reflection. We must know ways to properly look within ourselves through reflection and introspection, enabling our pedagogies to grow and evolve, to be at the ready to inspire whichever population of students we work with. The data from this project represents proof that classroom intervention strategies that focus on peace through self-understanding are vital for the overall success of ED students and the dedicated staff ...


The Pitiful Bellringer: The Implications Of Representations Of Disability In Media & Literature, Elizabeth A. Dolski May 2013

The Pitiful Bellringer: The Implications Of Representations Of Disability In Media & Literature, Elizabeth A. Dolski

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project investigates how throughout history, those who were different or atypical were often relegated to a marginalized life; this perspective was indicative in literature of previous eras as well as in historical documentation. As indicated in this research, even though literature and media has moved away from personifying disability in an overwhelmingly negative light, it has consequently moved toward characterizing people with disabilities as the antihero worthy of pity. The unintentional, prejudicial view of people with disabilities in popular culture perpetuates the idea that disability is something that must be overcome. This disconnect hinders student awareness and acceptance, and ...


The Effect Of Play On The Literacy Development Of Students With Severe Disabilities, Lindsay Marie Kelly Aug 2012

The Effect Of Play On The Literacy Development Of Students With Severe Disabilities, Lindsay Marie Kelly

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this six week study was to better determine how my students with severe disabilities and I could use play-based literacy activities to achieve their literacy goals and support their literacy development. I designed this study specifically to target three students' individual needs and interests to see how play activities might help them advance in their learning. Conducting this study has helped me notice the positive effects that play-based literacy activities can have on student learning and literacy development.

The experience of researching a topic that is relevant to my teaching practices and one that I find directly ...


A Special Education Teacher's Use Of Progress Monitoring, Louise V. Burgio Aug 2011

A Special Education Teacher's Use Of Progress Monitoring, Louise V. Burgio

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explored my use of progress monitoring in order to find the most effective ways to organize and gather data to support two of my students' literacy development. I investigated the purpose and reliability of my use of assessment. I have chosen the three participants based on their individual needs for literacy instruction and their quality of attendance, yet two of the three students participated. The design of this study enabled me to authentically and systematically reflect on my use of progress monitoring and the impact it had my individual students.


The Effectiveness Of Assistive Technology In The Inclusive, Secondary Mathematics Classroom, Krystal Barber Nov 2009

The Effectiveness Of Assistive Technology In The Inclusive, Secondary Mathematics Classroom, Krystal Barber

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Assistive technology has been an essential part of society. People use assistive technologies at many different times within the normal course of a day without their knowledge. Educators can use assistive technologies to aid their students with disabilities and without disabilities. Assistive technology devices can be used to bridge the physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments within the mathematical classroom. This study shows the connections between the use of assistive technology in an inclusion mathematics classroom and their academic achievement, self perceived satisfaction, and teacher's perception of the effectiveness. Assistive technologies proved to be noteworthy when used in the inclusive ...


The Effects Of The Assistive Technology Tool, Picture Sentence Key On The Expressive Language Skills In Children With Disabilities, Mary Catherine Engle May 2006

The Effects Of The Assistive Technology Tool, Picture Sentence Key On The Expressive Language Skills In Children With Disabilities, Mary Catherine Engle

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate if the amount and quality of expressive language in children with disabilities increase or decrease as a result of assistive technology, (focused on hardware and software) that is individualized to the needs of each child. To obtain information about this topic, the researcher reviewed literature and gathered evidence on the language skills of four elementary students with disabilities through pre and post language samples during a play situation. Pre and post language samples were used to assess any increases in the students' expressive language while using the assistive technology software, Picture Sentence ...


Collaboration: Perspectives From Parents And Teachers, Noelle J. Ciriello May 2004

Collaboration: Perspectives From Parents And Teachers, Noelle J. Ciriello

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Based on observations of interactions between parents and teachers, the researcher developed the question, what are the perceptions of parents, general education teachers and the special education consultant teacher at a small suburban school, part of a school district in Western New York, on the success or failure of the levels of collaboration? The participants were comprised of parents of fourth and fifth grade students. About twenty-one percent of this population included parents of students with disabilities. Participants also included teachers of fourth or fifth grade. After reviewing the data, the researcher concluded that teachers feel that they possess the ...


Do Biases And Experiences Of Elementary Teachers Affect The Referral Process?, Kerriann Callen May 2004

Do Biases And Experiences Of Elementary Teachers Affect The Referral Process?, Kerriann Callen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teachers could be referring students based on where the student lives or what background he or she comes from rather than on educational needs. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the biases and experiences of elementary teachers affect whom they refer or whom they do not refer for special education. All of the subjects in this study are teachers from a small suburban school district in Western New York. According to the findings of this study, teachers tended to refer the male student with behavior problems more often than the students with severe academic needs. Teachers in ...


Socioeconomic Representation In Special Education, Elissa Lizzette Dailey Apr 2004

Socioeconomic Representation In Special Education, Elissa Lizzette Dailey

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The question this research explores is: Do general and special education teacher biases and the socioeconomic status (through knowledge of free and reduced lunches) of students with mild disabilities affect the placement in intermediate special education programs? This study will attempt to more closely examine the relationship between students who receive free or reduced lunches and their placement in special education programs. The major benefit of this study is that the findings will hopefully create awareness and reduce any harmful biases. One urban district, one suburban district, and one rural district were examined by looking at District Report Cards. In ...


Inclusion Or Self-Contained Reading: Where Do Learning Disabled Students Learn Better?, Kristin Lynne Mcadoo Aug 1999

Inclusion Or Self-Contained Reading: Where Do Learning Disabled Students Learn Better?, Kristin Lynne Mcadoo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine in which type of classroom learning disabled students are more successful at learning to read. Some school districts believe that total inclusion is better for special education children's learning, while others believe that reading should be taught to students classified as learning disabled in self-contained classrooms.

The subjects involved in this study were twelve sixth grade learning disabled students in a rural Orleans County school district. These twelve students included all sixth grade learning disabled students enrolled in the district for the duration of the study. Six students, along with thirteen ...


Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities: Attitudes Toward Education, Robin Ann Blake Aug 1997

Parents Of Children With Learning Disabilities: Attitudes Toward Education, Robin Ann Blake

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In this study, twenty parents of children with learning disabilities were surveyed to discover their attitudes toward education. The subjects were selected from those eligible and those attending a voluntary support group for parents of children with learning disabilities. It was discovered that parents react differently to the initial diagnosis of a learning disability. The data showed parents felt comfortable discussing their children's progress with school officials and were willing to advocate for their children whenever necessary. However, these parents felt the school personnel needed to communicate more effectively with the parents and attempt to understand the difficulties of ...


Case Study: Effects Of A Systematic Method Of Vocabulary Instruction On A Disabled Learner, Sharon A. Barrett-Bassi Apr 1996

Case Study: Effects Of A Systematic Method Of Vocabulary Instruction On A Disabled Learner, Sharon A. Barrett-Bassi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This descriptive case study examined the effects of instruction in a systematic method of vocabulary instruction which included a mnemonic component on the fifteen-year-old learning disabled female with memory deficits. The researcher and subject met for nine forty-five minute sessions over a period of four weeks. At the end of the study, changes in the subject included increased self-confidence about her ability to learn vocabulary independently. She gained the confidence to volunteer vocabulary related answers in another class, a behavior which the subject reported was something she would not have previously done. She was able to write definitions for 21 ...


Reading Achievement Of General Education Children In Blended Classes, Dawn J. Squicciarini Aug 1993

Reading Achievement Of General Education Children In Blended Classes, Dawn J. Squicciarini

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Using 64, sixth grade students from a rural Western New York school district, the examiner attempted to determine if the current practice of integrating special needs students into the regular classroom has any effect on the reading achievement of the general education student. To accomplish this, the examiner found two comparable groups from the current sixth grade class. Group A was the integrated students and Group B was the traditional students. The total reading scores from annual standardized reading tests were compared.

Using a calculated t test, the data showed no statistically significant difference in achievement between the two test ...


Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Special Education Students In Regular Classrooms, Gail Lysenko Aug 1992

Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Special Education Students In Regular Classrooms, Gail Lysenko

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes of teachers toward special education students and toward integrating them into regular classrooms.

The subjects involved were 269 teachers from an upstate New York suburban school district. Of those 269 subjects, 247 were regular education teachers and 22 were special education teachers. They were from nine different schools within the district (5 elementary, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools).

There were two different surveys used in this study, one for regular education teachers and one for special education teachers. They were asked to fill out the survey anonymously and ...


Perceptions Of Regular And Special Education Teachers Participating In An Integrated Program, Lynne Andrews May 1992

Perceptions Of Regular And Special Education Teachers Participating In An Integrated Program, Lynne Andrews

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to investigate the experience and attitudes of the regular and special education teachers who are participating in a program which utilizes the consultant teacher model to support the inclusion of children with handicapping conditions.

The subjects were the teachers from grades one through eight who are taking part in the integrated special education program of a rural district. Thirty-eight regular and special education teachers completed a questionnaire about their professional preparation and their experiences with the integrated program. The questionnaire also invited their comments and suggestions for improving the program. The data from the ...


Muckraking The School District: The Journalist’S Role In Reforming Schools, Amelia Arcamone Jul 1981

Muckraking The School District: The Journalist’S Role In Reforming Schools, Amelia Arcamone

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This thesis examines the role of the media—particularly journalists—in sparking school reform. The author paints a grim picture of struggling schools, attributing growing issues of school violence to poor administration, school secrecy, and corruption. She argues that increasing parental and community awareness is key to confronting the problems faced by the educational system and seeking solutions. Arcamone discusses her experience publishing critical articles about the Long Beach school system and the resulting community reaction. She gives particular attention to the negative reactions she received from the school and defensive parents, and describes her own changing journalistic strategies for ...


Changing The Attitudes Of Learning Disabled Children Through Bibliotherapy, Diane Z. Virzi May 1980

Changing The Attitudes Of Learning Disabled Children Through Bibliotherapy, Diane Z. Virzi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if bibliotherapy is an effective means of improving the reading attitudes of learning disabled children. The sample consisted of nineteen children, ages nine to thirteen years old, designated as learning disabled according to federal guidelines. The subjects were from two self-contained, special education classes in an urban school district. Nine of the students were randomly assigned to the control group and the remaining ten students were assigned to the experimental group.

All subjects were pretested using the Sartain Reading Attitudes Inventory. This same instrument was used as an initial posttest and a ...