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Doctor of Philosophy


Special Education

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Dr. Kevin Sutherland


According to the research, inclusion in the general education setting is valuable to the academic and social development of students with disabilities. Teachers play a significant role in the success of students with disabilities in this setting (Coombs-Richardson & Mead, 2001; Fuchs, 2010; Test et al., 2009). Research shows that teachers display positive and negative attitudes toward inclusion based on the severity of the disability category (Cook, 2001; Ernest & Rogers, 2009). The purpose of this study was to examine teachers’ attitudes toward the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education classroom in a rural school district. An ANOVA was run to analyze teachers’ attitudes based on disability category and to determine if grade level taught by teachers acts as a moderator to their attitudes. Results revealed that students’ disability categories had a significant impact on teachers’ attitudes and that grade level taught acts as a moderator to teachers’ attitudes toward inclusion. Limitations were discussed, and recommendations for practice, policy, and research were provided.


© Robin M. Pelt

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