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Teacher Knowledge And Use Of Universal Design For Learning, Katherine D. Mavrovic-Glaser Jan 2017

Teacher Knowledge And Use Of Universal Design For Learning, Katherine D. Mavrovic-Glaser

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Today's classrooms are composed with a wide variety of students. It is important for all teachers, both special and general education, to have the ability to teach a diverse group of students. In recent years, Universal Design for Learning {UDL) has gained a positive reputation as a scientifically validated teaching method that considers individuality. The purpose of this investigation is to assess teachers on their knowledge and use ofUDL. A small pool of licensed teachers in the Chicago metropolitan area were polled by means of an electronically disbursed, anonymous survey. The results show 55% of participants claim to be ...


Adapted Physical Education: Where Does It Stand?, Danielle M. Wilkins Jul 2016

Adapted Physical Education: Where Does It Stand?, Danielle M. Wilkins

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Sixty-six teachers were surveyed regarding adapted physical education. The three types of teachers surveyed were physical education, special education, and general education. The teachers' perceptions to the importance and necessity of adapted physical education were analyzed. The findings showed most physical education teachers felt training was inadequate in their preservice program, as well as in professional development to teach students with disabilities. Discussion of the results and implications for further research are provided.


An Evaluation Of Suspension Days Between Students In Special Education And General Education, Richard Tarbunas Apr 2016

An Evaluation Of Suspension Days Between Students In Special Education And General Education, Richard Tarbunas

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the number of suspension days accumulated by students in general education compared to students in special education in a south suburban Chicago public high school. Data was collected from the school to determine if there was a large disparity between suspension days between the two groups based on population size. If a large difference was discovered, then a possible plan to remediate and resolve the issue would be proposed to the school's administrators.


The Effectiveness Of Peer Support To Increase Positive Social Interaction For Students With Special Needs, Candace Pickens-Cantrell Apr 2016

The Effectiveness Of Peer Support To Increase Positive Social Interaction For Students With Special Needs, Candace Pickens-Cantrell

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The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of positive peer support to increase social interaction of students with special needs. This study followed a teacher action research design with data collected on a single student in two different preschool sessions within the same school and classroom. The participants included two special education students, and two typically developing peer supporters and the student's teacher. Observations and a questionnaire were used to collect and analyze data. The results indicate that special needs students benefit from having peer support from peers to help increase social interaction. Both students progress ...


Teachers' Perceptions Of Educational Barriers To Preschool Special Education Services, Carolyn Stone Apr 2016

Teachers' Perceptions Of Educational Barriers To Preschool Special Education Services, Carolyn Stone

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This study focuses on teachers' perceptions of educational barriers to special education services for preschool aged children. The purpose of this study was to determine what teachers saw as barriers to obtaining services for young learners. A review of related research was included in this study. A survey was electronically distributed to general education and special education preschool teachers in the area, and 22 were completed and returned. Overall, teachers identified many possible barriers to services in four (4) sub-groups; parents/families, administrative and support staff, process/procedure, and Early Intervention transition. There was at least one identified barrier in ...


Beyond An Aide: Perceptions And Attitudes Concerning The Self-Efficacy Of Paraprofessionals In Special Education, Nicolas Jones Apr 2016

Beyond An Aide: Perceptions And Attitudes Concerning The Self-Efficacy Of Paraprofessionals In Special Education, Nicolas Jones

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This action based research study was conducted to examine the self-efficacy of paraprofessionals working with students in special education in a specific school district (School District A). The study used a survey design and the paraprofessionals were currently working with students from grades 9-12 in a Chicago Area, south suburban high school district in Illinois. The study was conducted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Multicategorical Special Education program at Governors State University in the spring of 2016.


Identification Of English Language Learners In Special Education, Sonia George Apr 2016

Identification Of English Language Learners In Special Education, Sonia George

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This study investigated the knowledge and opinions of teachers with regards to the identification of English language learners (ELLs) for special education services. The participants were 22 general education and special education teachers at two schools in a school district in the Chicago suburbs. The data collected included responses to a questionnaire. The questionnaire asked teachers to consider different factors that influence the placement of ELLs in special education. The results indicated that teachers did not believe there is a disproportionate amount of ELLs being identified for special education. On average, approximately 90% of the teachers surveyed believe that teacher ...


Special Education Instruction And Its Effect On Student Efficacy, Melissa Bonavia Apr 2016

Special Education Instruction And Its Effect On Student Efficacy, Melissa Bonavia

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The key idea that is studied for this research is self-efficacy among special education students. The purpose of this study to look at the relationship of self-efficacy and special education students in both the general education classroom and the instructional classroom. There were a total of 28 special education students who participated in the study. They completed a survey on self-efficacy. The results found that special education students in the instructional classroom had slightly higher self-efficacy than the special education students in the general education classroom. Discussion and implication regarding education and further research is provided.


The Effect Of District Provided Training And Paraprofessional Self-Efficacy, Meredith Madden Jul 2015

The Effect Of District Provided Training And Paraprofessional Self-Efficacy, Meredith Madden

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The purpose of this research study was to investigate the effect(s) district provided training, or lack thereof, had on paraprofessional self-efficacy. This study was a descriptive action research study using a survey design. The participants of this study were selected from a south suburban, Cook county high school district. All participants, when surveyed, were currently employed paraprofessionals working with students with disabilities in grades 9-12. This study was conducted as part of a Multicategorical Special Education graduate student culminating project at Governors State University in summer 2015.