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ERIC Number: ED557544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 284
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-9891-1
A Case Study of Which Beliefs and Practices Foster or Inhibit the Overidentification and Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Elementary Special Education Classes
Smith, Wynne Randy
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this study is to investigate the beliefs and practices teachers regularly employ within their classrooms that could lead to increased placement of minorities into alternative, special education settings. This qualitative study involves two elementary schools within a central North Carolina county, the administrative staff at both respective schools, school counselor(s) assigned to both schools, and the appropriate central office staff at the county level. Two schools have been selected as having the greatest percentage range of minorities in special education classes versus the least, purposefully chosen to determine if teachers' beliefs and practices at the two schools are so dissimilar as to be of significance in regards to student numbers in special education. This researcher is determined to glean positive strategies that may play a role in determining which strategies can be employed to possibly yield a greater degree of success within the classroom. An initial and a follow-up interview will be conducted with each teacher participant. Additionally, a classroom observation will be completed, recording the data on observation charts, and scripting, as well as recording field notes. The researcher will review lesson plans, maintaining a continuous dialogue vis-a-vis email before and after each observation, as well as follow up discussions. Classroom observations will take place at two central North Carolina elementary schools within the same county. [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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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina