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ERIC Number: ED550933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-9439-4
Midwest School District Transition Academy: A Qualitative, Process Evaluation of a Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Emotional Disturbances
Myers, Paul D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Columbia
The purpose of the study was to examine the implementation of a special education program designed to support students with autism and social/emotional disturbances in a large, suburban school district. The study examined how services are delivered to students, staffing/personnel aspects, and budgetary considerations relative to programming. Consistent with Rossi, Lipsey, and Freeman (2004), a process evaluation model allowed analysis of provisions specific to program implementation within the Midwest Transition Academy. The method allowed for an identification of program strengths and deficits within the evaluation process. The study was considered through the lens of social justice leadership theory in terms of how leaders address subgroups within the typical public school environment (Theoharis, 2007). The findings identified in the study highlight a program that was meeting students' needs, but struggling to facilitate communication between stakeholder groups. Although environmental structures and financial supports were identified as positive, there were concerns about Transition Academy personnel feeling isolated from other district personnel. The findings also indicated that the program model was effective from a financial viewpoint. The program operates at a per pupil cost that is less than comparable private placement programs. Concerns related to staff attrition suggested improvements in procedural, communication, and supervisory elements are essential to improving program continuity in the future. [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
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Language: English
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