Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Individual Education Plans in middle school: A case study
by Ware, Phyllis, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2015, 208; 3727500
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the qualitative descriptive case study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of middle school general educators using Individual Education Plans (IEPs) of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The study participants consisted of 13 teachers selected from two public middle schools in a suburban county in the State of Georgia. The descriptive case study examined six links associated with the phenomena. The links were inclusion, a description of ASD complexities, and the global significance. Other links to the phenomena were the middle school structure, the legal ramifications, and stakeholder involvement. The six themes and three subthemes developed from the analytic generalizations related to the research question. The data collection procedure included semi-structured face-to-face interviews. Data analysis included using NVivo 10 software to code, organize, and categorize data. The results of the study recommended training and support for general educators using the IEPs of ASD students in middle schools. The conclusion of the study acknowledged the necessity for allowing general educators to make suggestions and accommodations to update middle school IEPs. The study recommended five suggestions to improve the education of middle school ASD students. Three of the recommendations were a project study, developing middle school mini IEPs, and detailed structuring to manage on-going training sessions. Also, parent and student meetings and meet and greet sessions can stabilize parent, student, and every middle school general educator’s involvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scott, Patricia
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Education, Special education
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Global significance, Inclusion, Individual education plans
Publication Number: 3727500
ISBN: 978-1-339-12646-3
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