Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A case study: The operation of nonpublic schools from the perspective of nonpublic school staff members
by Shepard, Ka'Nessia S., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2012, 166; 3586349
Abstract (Summary)

The descriptive qualitative case study examined the resources nonpublic school staff members used to manage severe maladaptive behaviors and to facilitate the reintegration of students with severe maladaptive behaviors into public schools. The case study involved the participation of 17 nonpublic school staff members in semi-structured audio-recorded phone interviews. Case study participants shared personal thoughts and opinions about (a) best practices employed to manage severe maladaptive behaviors, (b) the operation of nonpublic schools, and (c) the factors that influenced reintegration into public school. Analysis of case study responses using NVivo 9.0 qualitative analysis software revealed five themes related to the research question: (a) maintaining safety, (b) resources and strategies, (c) opportunities for interaction in the community and with typical peers, (d) reintegration process, and (e) suggestions to public school staff. Data analysis also resulted in identification of 10 recommendations to educational leaders regarding strategies and resources for management of severe maladaptive behaviors as well as enhancing the reintegration process. Findings corroborated literature that indicated nonpublic staff members received specialized training and assistance from specialists to manage severe maladaptive behaviors respondents (Day & Prunty, 2010). Findings also confirmed further research is necessary about the reintegration process and how to enhance communication between educational settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lockhart, Scharbrenia
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education Policy, School administration, Special education
Keywords: Maladaptive behaviors, Reintegration, Specialized training
Publication Number: 3586349
ISBN: 978-1-303-81875-2
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