Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair

Reginald Green

Committee Member

Mary Boudreaux

Committee Member

Christian Mueller

Committee Member

William Hunter


The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of principals as it relates to the inclusion of students with disabilities in the general education setting. This study replicates and extends research in relation to principals and their attitudes toward inclusion. In addition, the researcher determined whether a relationship, if any, exists between demographic variables and their attitudes regarding the most appropriate placement for students with disabilities. A self-reporting survey entitled the Principals and Inclusion Survey was used to collect the data from 105 principals. Results revealed principals training and experience were limited, principals supported inclusive placements for students with mild to moderate disabilities, and there was a positive correlation between attitudes and training and attitudes and placement decisions. Further, the results indicate the need for quality training and experience for both pre-service and practicing principals. The results may also assist school districts as well as college/university principal preparation programs in making informed decisions regarding coursework, professional development, and practicum experiences for principals.


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Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest