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Differences And Commonalities In Adult Expectations Regarding Adhd Referral, Nate Christopherson Jan 2010

Differences And Commonalities In Adult Expectations Regarding Adhd Referral, Nate Christopherson

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During the process of ADHD referral and intervention, there are often problematic and divisive differences of opinion within the adult team on how best to address the symptoms of ADHD. This study is an action research project interested in identifying areas of agreement and dischord between parents and teachers related to how best to support a child with ADHD. Data was collected through interviews and observations with parents and teachers from a suburban elementary school community. The findings from this study suggest that: 1. Parents tend to view their child as able to make change and, but that they do ...


Factors Of Effective Teaming Of Special Education Paraprofessionals And Special Education Teachers., Heidi Zisla Jul 2009

Factors Of Effective Teaming Of Special Education Paraprofessionals And Special Education Teachers., Heidi Zisla

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The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that lead to effective teaming of special education teachers and special education paraprofessionals. These teams face many challenges in teaming effectively. Teachers and paraprofessionals were surveyed and interviewed to gather their perspectives. Communication, clear roles and expectations, demonstrating appreciation and respect emerged as some of the main factors leading to effective special education teaming.


Factors Of Effective Co-Teaching Between Special And General Educators, Jake Zisla Jan 2009

Factors Of Effective Co-Teaching Between Special And General Educators, Jake Zisla

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The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that lead to effective co-teaching relationships between special and general educators. With an increasing focus on inclusion of students with special needs into the general curriculum, co-teaching provides special education teachers an opportunity to provide services within that general curriculum, while giving general educators necessary support. The sfudy was conducted in the form of an initial survey with seven participants, as well as four in-depth case studies of special and general educators currently in co-teaching relationships. The results were analyzed along three major theme areas: collaboration, roles and outcomes. Compatibility ...


Increasing Student Participation At Iep Meetings: A Case Study, Jerrilyn K. Henderson Dec 2008

Increasing Student Participation At Iep Meetings: A Case Study, Jerrilyn K. Henderson

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At age 14, students in special education are expected to participate and contribute to decisions concerning their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) yet most do not understand the IEP. Nor do they understand how the IEP process works. This study is an effort to see if student participation in the IEP can be influenced by the direct teaching of the IEP process to the student before the IEP meeting. The study follows one student from the beginning of the IEP instruction through his IEP meeting and ends with his transition meeting into high school. The findings show that the student increased ...


Effective Co-Teaching Practices In Inclusive Settings, Rachel Jorgensen Jul 2006

Effective Co-Teaching Practices In Inclusive Settings, Rachel Jorgensen

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Special education services may involve a variety of placement options for students with identified educational disabilities. Settings vary based on the extent to which students with disabilities receive their education alongside general education peers. Federal law mandates that students with disabilities experience access to general education peers and curricula to the greatest extent possible. Also, research supports the benefits of general education placement for students with a variety of disabilities. This study examines the inclusion courses at a school in suburban Minneapolis, developed to provide a general education experience for students with special needs. Specifically, it examines the practices teachers ...