Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Perspectives on the qualities, knowledge, and skills of effective emotional/behavioral disorders teachers
by Leggio, Joseph C., Ph.D., The University of North Dakota, 2015, 119; 3714129
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the perceptions of six teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) in one school district. In individual interviews, the teachers shared their perceptions of the qualities, knowledge, and skills necessary for EBD teachers to be effective. Five of the teachers gathered for a focus group to discuss the findings from the analysis of the interview data.

An analysis of the data yielded three themes. First, effective EBD teachers develop unconditional teacher-student relationships. No matter how many setbacks a student with EBD may experience, the effective EBD teacher relentlessly affirms his or her belief in the student’s ability to succeed. When it seems like others have dismissed a student, the student can always count on the effective EBD teacher for support.

Second, effective EBD teachers create positive classroom environments. When students with EBD are removed from the general education setting or experience a crisis at school, the effective EBD teacher provides a safe, consistent, and nonjudgmental haven.

Finally, effective EBD teachers individualize instruction. Having knowledge of behavior disorders and effective strategies is insufficient. The effective EBD teacher identifies the particular needs of each student and designs instruction that meets those individual academic and behavioral needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Terras, Katherine
Commitee: Chalmers, Lynne, Guy, Mark, Stonehouse, Pauline
School: The University of North Dakota
Department: Teaching and Learning
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education
Keywords: Classroom emotional behavior disorder, Emotional behavior disorder, Strategies EBD, Students EBD, Students emotional behavior disorder, Teaching emotional behavior disorder
Publication Number: 3714129
ISBN: 978-1-321-91207-4
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