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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kuntz, Emily Marie
URN etd-03192019-121537
Title Evaluation of a Collaborative Planning Framework for General Educators Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dr. Erik W. Carter, Ph.D. Committee Chair
Dr. Blair P. Lloyd, Ph.D. Committee Member
Dr. Jennifer A. Kurth, Ph.D. Committee Member
Dr. Joseph M. Lambert, Ph.D. Committee Member
  • special education
  • inclusion
  • severe disabilities
  • middle school
  • collaborative planning
Date of Defense 2019-03-15
Availability unrestricted
Many students with severe disabilities are included in the general education classroom for some part of their instructional day. General educators rarely receive strong training to support these students and need guidance on how best to plan for their participation. I used a multiple probe across participants design to evaluate the effectiveness of collaborative planning with ongoing consultation to increase interactions and instructional behaviors between general educators and middle school students with severe disabilities. The collaborative planning intervention increased general educators’ instructional behaviors and students’ academic engagement with class content. General educators were successful in taking a more active role in planning and delivering instruction to the students with severe disabilities. Implications are offered for improving procedural fidelity within individualized interventions, ensuring sustainability in the absence of researcher involvement, and preparing educators as collaborators.
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