Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Theory to Practice: Perceptions of School Psychologists, Special Education, and General Education Teachers on Social Skills Instruction in the Least Restrictive Environment
by Low, Dusty Gail, Ed.D., Concordia University (Oregon), 2020, 177; 27997200
Abstract (Summary)

Social-Emotional Learning for students with disabilities is an important topic in education. Currently, over 13% of students in schools K–12 have a documented disability, of which many are faced with deficits in social-emotional development. Furthermore, there appears to be a gap between the research literature and how instructional practices are used to support students with social-emotional deficits. This case study design aimed to understand how three general education teachers, four special education teachers, and three school psychologists implemented social-skills instructional practices for students with high-incidence disabilities in the LRE. These participants represented 12 different schools from four school districts within the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This research found that student-needs, knowledge, and experience of the three stakeholders, and school culture, contributed to the selection of instructional practices for students with social-emotional deficits within the least restrictive environment. In addition, the need for collaboration was found to be a key element when addressing student’s needs, building knowledge, and creating a positive school culture. Results indicated that push-in supports were the primary instructional practice among the 12 schools. Consultation and coteaching were rarely used because they required much coordination and collaboration. All three stakeholder groups reported that the selection of instructional practices was dependent on individual student needs. However, it was also found that some instructional practices were not available as an option in some schools. Further research on instructional practice offerings could shed light on the discrepancy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grey, Anne
Commitee: Allison, Rinyka, D’Aguanno, John
School: Concordia University (Oregon)
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Education, Disability studies
Keywords: Least restrictive environment, Instructional practices, Learning disabilities, Social-emotional learning, Social-emotional skills, Special education
Publication Number: 27997200
ISBN: 9798617058323
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