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ERIC Number: ED553021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 157
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3030-2623-2
Teacher Perceptions of Emotional Behavior Disorder Students in a Rural High School Transition Program
Watson, Brian Craig
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Little research has examined the perceptions of special education teachers who teach students with Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD). This study aimed to provide insight into how educators are preparing EBD students for post-high school living. The conceptual framework for the study was based on Braun's theory, which examines teachers' perceptions and expectations, and situated learning theory, which supports instructional strategies for EBD transitional programs. Research questions focused on understanding teachers' perceptions of working with EBD students to prepare them for their transition to post-high school living, which is an important aspect of understanding the transition program at the high school in the current study. Data were collected by interviewing 5 EBD teachers and then coded and analyzed for themes. Findings indicated that the high school lacked a formal transitional program in written curriculum and in practice. As a result, a policy recommendation was created advocating that the school board amend their present EBD program curriculum to phase in elements of a transition program that would increase the likelihood of EBD students' success. This project has the potential to create positive social change at the high school of study by changing teacher, administrator, parent, and community views of EBD students through observing the incremental implementation and impact of a new transitional program curriculum that can sensitively address the needs of EBD students as they transition from high school into workplace environments. [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: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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