ERIC Number: EJ1116174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Perceptions of an Online Graduate Program in Special Education for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Leader-Janssen, Elizabeth M.; Nordness, Philip D.; Swain, Kristine D.; Hagaman, Jessica L.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v39 n4 p246-258 Nov 2016
The purpose of this study was to evaluate graduate students' perceptions of a completely online master's degree program in special education for emotional and behavioral disorders. The Community of Inquiry survey was used to examine graduate students' perceptions of the online program in the areas of teaching, cognitive, and social presences. The results suggest that teaching and cognitive presence can be addressed with a high level of satisfaction in an online program. Activities related to creating a social presence within an online program may need additional attention. Given the limited amount of research on how to evaluate online teacher preparation programs, the findings from this study provide a starting point for determining the effectiveness of online programs in education.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Masters Programs, Special Education, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Surveys, Interpersonal Relationship, Teaching Methods, Distance Education, Student Surveys, Communities of Practice, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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