Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Stephen C. Keith, Ed.D

Third Advisor

David M. Carkenord, Ph.D.


A descriptive study was designed to investigate parent perceptions of behavior management strategies used in elementary and secondary special education programs for students with learning disabilities. A questionnaire was used to obtain the perceptions of 130 members of the Leaming _Disabilities Association of Virginia. In particular, three questions were examined: Do parents of children in elementary school differ from those having children in secondary schools regarding their perceptions of classroom management techniques? Do parents have different perceptions about a resource classroom compared to a self-contained classroom? Do parents differ in their perceptions of the teacher use of classroom management versus the degree the parent believes the teacher should use classroom management? Parents across elementary and secondary levels differed only in the degree they believed teachers should use classroom management strategies and their perceptions of actual teacher use of these strategies.



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