An examination of how knowledgeable and skilled elementary principals lead special education programs in Alabama: four case studies

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dc.contributor Kuntz, Aaron M.
dc.contributor Mutua, Kagendo
dc.contributor Newman, Jane L.
dc.contributor Siders, James A.
dc.contributor.advisor Beirne-Smith, Mary
dc.contributor.author Templeton, Richard Raymond
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:26:22Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:26:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000913
dc.identifier.other Templeton_alatus_0004D_10954
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1407
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 increased the importance of having principals who are not only effective leaders of general education programs but knowledgeable and skilled in special education and able to effectively lead special education programs. The researcher examined four principals of elementary schools (i.e., kindergarten through fifth grades) in Alabama. Two principals (i.e., Case A and Case B) were identified as being knowledgeable and skilled in special education, and two principals (i.e., Case C and Case D) were identified as being marginally knowledgeable and skilled in special education. The purpose of this study is to determine the similarities between how principals who are knowledgeable and skilled in special education lead and support the special education programs at their schools, to examine the differences between how those principals and principals who are identified as marginal in their knowledge and skill in special education lead and support special education programs at their schools, and examine the role that the principal who is knowledgeable and skilled in special education plays. This study attempts to gain a deeper understanding of the constructs of effective special education leadership at the school level. A sequential mixed-methods process was used to collect data. The researcher used a survey to collect data during Phase 1 that was analyzed through the use of descriptive statistics within-case and a means comparison across cases. In Phase 2, data were collected from (a) archival records, (b) interviews, (c) documentation, and (d) direct observations. Data were analyzed through a within-case analysis through coding, categorizing, and identifying emerging themes. Data were analyzed through a cross-case analysis for similarities between principals who are knowledgeable and skilled in special education and then between principals who are marginally knowledgeable and skilled in special education. Then differences between the two groups where identified. Conclusions are drawn in five areas: (a) necessity of knowledge and skill in special education, (b) possession of knowledge and skill in special education, (c) the roles principals play as leader of the special education program, (d) how principals support special education programs, and (e) special education oversight at the school level.
dc.format.extent 416 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Educational leadership
dc.subject.other Special education
dc.subject.other Educational administration
dc.title An examination of how knowledgeable and skilled elementary principals lead special education programs in Alabama: four case studies
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Special Education and Muliple Abilities
etdms.degree.discipline Special Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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