Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Professional Development Intervention for Teachers to Promote a Positive Learning Environment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Rural Communities in Southern Illinois
by Nordike, Jeana, D.N.P., McKendree University, 2018, 110; 27665160
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to increase general education teachers’ knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and increase positive attitude toward inclusion of students with ASD in the general education classroom. The objective of this work was promotion of a healthy environment in which the student with ASD psychological health, emotional safety, and ability to develop social relationships was encouraged and fostered. This project included a quasi-experimental one-group within-subjects study design with a non-randomized convenience sample of teachers in a school district in Southern Illinois. The intervention phase of the project included a professional development offering during which information was presented to establish the foundation for participants’ successful inclusion of children with ASD in the general education classroom. Data collection was accomplished by pre- and post-intervention surveys to determine teacher knowledge of ASD and attitudes concerning the inclusion of students with ASD in the general education classroom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wiegmann, Janice
Commitee: Nasser, Karee, Pence, Jamie
School: McKendree University
Department: School of Nursing and Health Professions
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Special education, Elementary education, Teacher education, Disability studies
Keywords: Asperger's, Autism spectrum disorder, IDEA, Inclusive classroom, Intellectual Disabilities Education Act, Special education
Publication Number: 27665160
ISBN: 9781392555682
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