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The Inclusion of Autistic Students in the General Curriculum

Sparkenbaugh, Eric (2007) The Inclusion of Autistic Students in the General Curriculum. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Elementary, middle, and retired teachers, from the Montour School District, volunteered to participate in a research study of teachers' attitudes and beliefs pertaining to academic standards and inclusion of autistic students in the general curriculum. Fourteen participants completed two surveys and a personal interview with an independent observer present. Survey responses were analyzed and further clarified during the interviews. Teacher profiles were developed, which shared personal experiences and beliefs regarding the standards and inclusion. Although experiences and attitudes varied greatly between individuals, all of the participants recognized the need to participate in individualized education planning and the need for additional training regarding autism and inclusion. Participants also acknowledged the emphasis on teaching the Pennsylvania academic standards and the increased pressure to have all students become proficient in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMcClure, Maureenmmcclure@pitt.eduMMCCLURE
Committee CoChairGorman, Charlesgorman@pitt.eduGORMAN
Committee MemberBerquist, Daniel
Committee MemberMinshew, Nancy
Committee MemberSeckinger, Richard
Date: 29 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 31 August 2006
Approval Date: 29 January 2007
Submission Date: 25 September 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; inclusion
Other ID:, etd-09252006-130037
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:02
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:50


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