Early Childhood Special Education: Service Model Advantages, Challenges, and Decision Making
Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education, inclusion, service models, ECSE
Early Childhood Special Education is an ever changing field. The purpose of this research was to investigate how services are provided to students, specifically aged 3-5. This qualitative research design used interviews and surveys to gather information about how decisions are made, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these different methods of service provision. The research investigated aspects of the inclusion of children identified with disabilities with their typically developing peers and focused on how attitudes, resources, and curriculum impacted service models and how decisions were made. The study began by determining what types of service models are used across six school districts in rural Minnesota. From there, special education coordinators, early childhood special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists were interviewed. Following the interviews, the researcher analyzed data to determine advantages and challenges of service models, how attitudes, resources, and curriculum impacted service delivery, and how decisions were made.
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Johnson, Amanda and Johnson, Amanda Lynn, "Early Childhood Special Education: Service Model Advantages, Challenges, and Decision Making" (2018). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 52.