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ERIC Number: ED555155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-3067-7
Principals' Perceptions and Barriers to Successful Implementation of Special Education in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Enser, Tracey L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The problem identified in this quantitative descriptive study is that many Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Lutheran Elementary Schools (WELS LES) are not adequately prepared to teach all students with special needs. The purpose of the study was to identify principals' perceptions of, and potential barriers to, the successful implementation of special education services in WELS LES. During the 2011-2012 academic year, a survey was developed for the study, pilot tested, and administered through an online service, Survey Monkey. The survey responses, yielding a 27.5 percent response rate, were analyzed using the Survey Monkey data analysis tools and SPSS 19.0 software to examine inferential and descriptive data. The survey examined the relationship between principals' perceptions regarding the implementation of special education, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and inclusion at WELS LES. At statistical significance levels at a < 0.05, chi square goodness-of fit tests revealed that a relationship does exist between principals' perceptions and the implementation of special education, differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, and inclusion at WELS LES. In addition, this study revealed that the number of available resources and teaching staff with a degree or certification in special education is not sufficient for the successful implementation of special education at WELS LES. After examining the findings recommendations include, but are not limited to, a repeated study including WELS Early Childhood Ministries and high schools and the creation of a lending library, specifically for special education resources, available for WELS schools across the nation. [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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin