Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

7-2017

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

College

College of Education

Department

Education

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Connie Sue Greiner, Ed.D.

Content Specialist

Angela Smith, Ph.D.

Content Reader

Roblena Walker, Ed.D.

Keywords

Autism, Special Programs

Abstract

The goal of this quantitative study was to determine whether the best educational placement for students with Asperger’s Syndrome is in the regular education classroom or in the special education classroom. This was done using Likert scale surveys to elicit information from parents of students with an autism spectrum disorder. The results clearly indicated parents are generally dissatisfied with inclusionary practices. Further studies might be designed to include qualitative information, as well as broadening the research population, which is underrepresented in research. With the growing prevalence within the public school system of students with Asperger’s Syndrome, more research is warranted.

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