The Uneducated Teacher: Why Students with a Traumatic Brain Injury are Misunderstood

Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Shirley Johnson


Traumatic Brain Injury; TBI


Educators today are not receiving the necessary training and education to effectively work with students in the classroom who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Future educators in college preparation programs have little classroom education pertaining to working with students who have a TBI, while current educators report that they have no experience or awareness of the effects of a TBI. This leads to implementing inadequate educational programming for students with a primary disability of TBI due to a lack of awareness, which in turn leads to common misconceptions and mislabeling of students. Literature relating to traumatic brain injuries does well with explaining the long and short-term impacts with an individual’s physical, behavioral, and cognitive abilities. However, further research needs to be made regarding the use of evidence-based practices specific to students with a TBI.

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