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dc.contributor.authorSegall, Matthew Joel
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:25:10Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:25:10Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.othersegall_matthew_j_201112_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/segall_matthew_j_201112_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27814
dc.description.abstractAlthough inclusion for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is often recommended by experts, the challenge of this service delivery is significant for educators. The goal of the two studies presented in this dissertation is to investigate both teacher and student variables which may affect the practice of inclusion for students with ASD. In the first study, teachers, administrators and school psychologists were assessed on their attitudes, knowledge and experience as they relate to inclusion for students with ASD. Findings suggest interesting relationships amongst these variables which differed by group; furthermore, special education teachers and school psychologists reported higher levels of knowledge and experience than general education teachers and administrators. In the second study, first grade teachers provided their opinions about the educational placement of students whose characteristics (e.g., disability label and cognitive ability) varied by experimental condition. Results suggest that students with average cognitive ability were recommended for placement in less restrictive settings than students with cognitive impairment; the presence of a disability label did not influence decision making. The limitations and implications of these studies are discussed as well as directions for future research.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAutism
dc.subjectInclusion
dc.subjectTeacher attitudes
dc.titleExploring student and teacher variables relating to inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorder in general education classrooms
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychology and Instructional Technology
dc.description.majorSchool Psychology
dc.description.advisorJonathan Campbell
dc.description.committeeJonathan Campbell
dc.description.committeeDeanna Luscre
dc.description.committeeMichele Lease
dc.description.committeeKevin Ayres


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