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A Study of Elementary Educators on Their Beliefs, Perceptions, Barriers, and Utilization of Small-Group Instruction

Snyder, Jodi (2020) A Study of Elementary Educators on Their Beliefs, Perceptions, Barriers, and Utilization of Small-Group Instruction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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As education reform continues to evolve attempting to provide educational equality, federal mandates have resulted in requirements such as least restrictive environment pushing general educators to take the lead in instructing students with disabilities. With this change, evidence-based practices delivered through small-group instruction become a critical component of educating students with disabilities. Hence, the current study investigated perceptions and barriers of small-group instruction as well as the instructional practices of educators in an elementary setting. The results demonstrated that while educators believe small-group instruction is beneficial for all students and that many try to implement it daily, most have never met ideal levels of small-group instruction implementation. Barriers described by respondents aligned toprevious teacher reports of restrictions within an ever-increasing demand setting. Also consistent with research is a lack of preparation for educators resulting in limited readiness for the diverse learners appearing in general education classrooms.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Snyder, Jodijls432@pitt.edujls4320000-0001-8076-9263
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKostewicz,
Committee MemberKelly,
Committee MemberSrsic,
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 July 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 22 July 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 82
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: small group instruction; special education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:42
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:43


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