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ERIC Number: ED547491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 128
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4943-6
Innovation in Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities
Habon, Melody Peralta
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Innovation is needed to create new industries and jobs to strengthen our nation's security, protect our planet and have an insurmountable amount of new jobs for our people. A great starting point would be educating our children with disabilities. Students with disabilities who were once absent from public school campuses have since been educated alongside their general education peers. The movement onto public school campuses has been a long journey of civil litigation and advocacy. And there still is so much more that can be done for these students. There is a lack of innovation today, which among other issues, may be due to the non-existence and/or lack thereof of policies, state/district mandates, the structure and design of schools, and/or the leadership at schools. Therefore, my study identified the existence or non-existence of antecedents for innovation in elementary schools in meeting the needs of students with disabilities. A qualitative methods approach was used for this study to understand the role that environmental, organizational, and leadership antecedents play in innovation. The overall findings indicated that participants appear to be aware of what it would take to be innovative; however there are barriers to their ability to innovate. Results suggest that innovation is seen as an "add-on" or extra work rather than a necessity to work efficiently with what has been provided. There is a need to change that perception of innovation. Innovation to be seen as small incremental changes of how things are done or as huge radical transformations. In doing so, innovation in meeting the needs of students with disabilities will likely to occur. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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