Date of Award

12-15-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruth Meese, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Audrey P. Church, Ph.D.

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to find out whether general education teachers believe that accommodations for students with special needs help those students succeed. Secondarily, this study seeks to find whether general educators find accommodations to be practical (feasible for general classroom use and fair to students without disabilities) in promoting success for all students. This review will discuss special education laws, service models for special education, and how accommodations fit into these parameters. The researcher created an online survey for K-5 general educators in Virginia's Region 8 to complete. From the responses it was found that this population uses accommodations regardless of how easy or difficult or how fair they perceive them. Classroom and instructional accommodations were ranked according to the general educators' perceptions of effectiveness for students with disabilities, fairness to students without disabilities, and ease of use for teachers. Several survey limitations and a small participant group prevent generalization of the results to the greater population.

 
 

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