Term of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Teri Denlea Melton

Committee Member 1

Lina Soares

Committee Member 2

Catherine Howerter


This case study, with an explanatory sequential mixed-methods approach, aimed to determine Bahamian elementary school principals’ and teachers’ perceptions of including students with disabilities in General Education classrooms and leadership that promotes and sustains Inclusive Educational practices. The research questions addressed included: (1) What are Bahamian elementary school principals’ and teachers’ perceptions of Inclusive Education with regard to: (a) comfort levels when engaging with people with disabilities; (b) acceptance of learners with different needs; and, (c) concerns about implementing Inclusive Educational practices? (2) What are Bahamian elementary school principals’ and teachers’ perceptions of leadership style that would be ideal for promoting and sustaining Inclusive Educational learning environments? This study consisted of a sample population of 52 educators from three public elementary schools located on Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. In the quantitative phase of this study, Forlin et al.’s (2011) SACIE-R survey was modified and administered; data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. In the qualitative phase of this study, nine semi-structured interviews were conducted; the data were analyzed using thematic analysis and the constant comparative method. Major findings revealed an overall reluctance to engage in Inclusive Educational practices by principals and teachers as a result of the shortcomings of the Bahamian Educational system; these shortcomings were depicted by themes such as putting the cart before the horse has been problematic, we are in dire need, and reform the system. This study also revealed the presence of leadership that can foster and sustain Inclusive Educational practices.

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