A Qualitative Case Study of Assistive Technology Use in Inclusive Education Programs in Selected Central Florida Schools

Date
2019
Authors
Shipe, Megan
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Publisher
Florida Southern College
Abstract
The purpose of this collective case study is to explore the role in the integration of Assistive Technology, for teachers and leaders, in the inclusion of ESE students at selected Central Florida schools. This study attempts to answer the following research questions: • What knowledge and skills do leaders and teachers bring to the role in supporting the inclusive program? • How are leaders supporting the use of Assistive Technology to support effective inclusion? • How are teachers using Assistive Technology to support effective inclusion? • How do leaders and teachers address ethics of justice, critique, care, and professionalism in the successful use of Assistive Technology in inclusion? An in-depth collection of multiple sources of information, including interviews, documents and reports were collected and analyzed to develop a case description, case categories and case themes. Additional themes will be introduced by individual participant role. The implications of putting this research into practice could have a major impact on successful inclusive education programs. In addition, putting this research into practice could have a significant impact on the implementation of Assistive Technology in inclusive education programs. Lastly, implications of putting this research into practice could have direct impact on individual category roles identified in this study, for both leaders and teachers. The role of any school personnel is vitally important. The role of a special education school leader and teacher are even more vitally important. Whether it be elementary, middle, high, charter school, center school, private school, or an inclusion setting, the role of any individual involved with students with special needs can be challenging.
Description
Dissertation presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in the School of Education at Florida Southern College by Megan Shipe.
Keywords
Educational leadership, Special education
Citation
Shipe, M. (2019). A Qualitative Case Study of Assistive Technology Use in Inclusive Education Programs in Selected Central Florida Schools (Order No. 27541573). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (2307786387). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/qualitative-case-study-assistive-technology-use/docview/2307786387/se-2
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