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ERIC Number: ED558368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 208
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-4971-8
Special Education Supervision: Perceptions of Roles and Responsibilities in Pennsylvania Charter Schools
Hermann, David Laurence
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University
In this study of Pennsylvania Charter Schools; the focus was on the qualifications, duties, and role perceptions of the special education supervisors. Using role theory as a theoretical lens, an interpretational framework was developed in order to both form a survey instrument and to assist in interpreting the participant responses. This case study research was conducted with special education supervisors working at charter schools within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Information was gathered through administration of a 30-item instrument and extensive personal interviews. Descriptive statistics for the survey data suggested slightly more support for the paradigm of social facts over social definition. Themes that emerged as contributing features to role theory outcomes included: role embracement, role conflict, role strain, and role neutral descriptors. Overall results indicated that the special education landscape for charter school supervisors in Pennsylvania is a dynamic one. School organization appeared to be an important part of reported role embracement. Role theory may have more limited application to charter schools with less defined role structures. [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 Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania