ERIC Number: EJ1002181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
The Enemy among Us: Do School Administrators Perceive Students with Disabilities as a Threat?
Williams, Jacob L.; Pazey, Barbara; Shelby, Liz; Yates, James R.
NASSP Bulletin, v97 n2 p139-165 Jun 2013
In the United States, students with disabilities are disproportionately exposed to exclusionary discipline. Using Intergroup Threat Theory, literature was analyzed to identify expressed perceptions from school administrators that indicated perceived threat. Analysis revealed perceived threats to administrator beliefs, values, job performance, and available resources for themselves and their school communities. Intervention to alleviate this perception of threat should seek to expand administrators' knowledge of diversity, specifically for students with disabilities, and provide increased opportunities for personal contact between administrators and students with disabilities. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Job Performance, Principals, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Values, Administrator Attitudes, Social Bias, Educational Policy, Discipline, Zero Tolerance Policy, Disproportionate Representation, Educational Legislation, School Policy, Cultural Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act