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The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students With Disabilities

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Stephen Ray Fisher (Creator)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/
Advisor
Jim Killacky

Abstract: The leadership of the school principal is an integral part of a successful school. A principal’s leadership goes beyond hiring teachers, managing building, and balancing budgets. The leadership of principals involves their work with instruction and influence on students. A principals’ leadership is shaped by factors that include knowledge, skill, experiences, and beliefs. The beliefs of principals have a direct impact on the leadership of principals. This phenomenological case study investigated what principals’ believed about disability and how these beliefs influenced their leadership of students with disabilities. Principles developed by the Council of Exceptional Children were used as the conceptual framework of the study. Through the use of interviews, principals indicated what they believed about disability, leadership of students with disabilities, the relevancy of degree programs, and needs they had in leading students with disabilities. Three major themes were drawn from the interviews. These themes included leadership, experiences, and knowledge. In addition to the emerging themes, the study provided answers to the original research questions and a revision to the original conceptual framework. Implications for principals, local education agencies, and graduate school programs are included along with suggestions for future research.

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Dissertation
Fisher, S.R. (2012). The Beliefs of K-12 Public School Principals About Disabilities and How Those Beliefs Inform Their Leadership of Students With Disabilities. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2012
Keywords
Disability, Students with Disability, Special Education, Principal, Beliefs