|TITLE:||ARE GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHERS PROPERLY TRAINED TO WORK WITH STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER?|
|PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATOR:||RICH, LAURA|
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File Created: March 24, 2012|
Department Chair Action Date: April 25, 2012
Current Status: Expired. Final Status Report or Extension Needed.
|Confidentiality||Data are not linked to individuals|
STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe purpose of this study is to investigate if general education teachers are receiving training when having students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the classroom. Literature shows that there has been an increase in the number of students with ASD in the general classroom in the past ten years. While we want students to be in the least restrictive environment, without proper training teachers may not be adequately supporting students. Autism Spectrum Disorders come with many individual challenges, which need specific training. This study would survey teachers about the training they received to support the students with ASD in the general education classroom. Expectations of results are that they will show support to the current literature. This would show that teachers are not trained to work with the special needs of students with ASD.
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGYThis study will take a quantitative approach through the use of a survey. The survey will be given to two different schools in an unnamed district. One of these schools will be Title 1 and the other one that made A.Y.P. last year. The reason for the two different schools is to get a population sample of the entire districtís elementary schools. All names, including district, schools, and participants will be left anonymous.
ANTICIPATED RISKS AND BENEFITSThere are no risks that are greater than the minimal standard. Participants are informed of this through the consent form as well as surveys about students with special needs may present some emotional discomfort. Also, that all names will be left anonymous and surveys will be destroyed after the research is complete is also guaranteed to participants.
SUBJECT SELECTIONThe expected number of participants is around 42. This number comes from the knowledge that the schools in this district are kindergarten through sixth grade. Most schools have three classes in each grade level resulting in an average of 21 teachers per building. Since the survey is optional, the actual number of participants may be less than the given number of 42.
CONFIDENTIALITYTo protect the rights of all participants, they must fill out an informed consent form before participating in the study. This form explains the research, their rights, what the survey will be used for, as well as what would happen with the information once the research was complete. The only paper with any names will be that of the informed consent forms.
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