Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Lucindia Chance

Committee Member 1

Kymberly Harris

Committee Member 2

Pamela Hardwood-Bedwell

Abstract

The researcher's purpose of this study was to recognize perceptions of principals toward inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms in secondary schools in the state of Georgia. The researcher administered to 405 with e-mail address of the 448 principals of public high schools in Georgia a modified Principals and Inclusion Survey (2000) developed by Dr. Cindy L Praisner. Returned surveys included 102 principals' complete portions of the survey with 98 completing all portion of the survey. Data gathered with this survey were used to determine the current perceptions of secondary school principals related to their experience, attitude, and impact toward inclusion in Georgia. The survey results showed Georgia secondary principals reported a positive attitude toward inclusion of students with disabilities.

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