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ERIC Number: ED504363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Developing the Heart: Private Christian Schools and Students with Special Needs
Stymeist, Melissa L.
Online Submission
At least 10% of students in private Christian schools are considered students with special needs. Private Christian schools vary in the degree to which they educate these students and in the approaches that they take toward educating them. This study examines whether or not private Christian Schools are allowing students with special needs access to a Christian education, how private Christian schools are providing students with learning challenges an education that meets their special needs, and whether or not the approaches that private Christian schools are taking to educate these students are effective. This study, a survey of private Christian school educators, looks particularly at the approaches of consultation, teaming, co-teaching, advocacy, task-analysis, and a combination thereof as means to helping students with special needs academically succeed in Christian schools. The study found that all of these approaches are being used to various degrees in Christian schools with various levels of effectiveness. As a result of this study, the researcher found that Christian schools educate a percentage of students with special needs that is below the national average. Also, the approaches that Christian schools take toward educating students with special needs are varied, sometimes implementing researched-based interventions. Finally, according to the survey, on average, Christian schools are somewhat effective in their approach toward educating students with special needs, but have significant room to grow. (Sample study invitation, sample consent form, and survey questions are appended. Contains 2 figures.)[Master's Thesis, Biola University.]
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001