Title page for ETD etd-0403103-184303

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Boulton, Bonnie Smith
Author's Email Address bsmith6@lsu.edu
URN etd-0403103-184303
Title An Examination of the Relationship between the Acceptability and Reported Use of Accommodations for Students with Disabilities by General Education Teachers and Teachers' Sense of Efficacy
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
R. Kenton Denny Committee Chair
Earl Cheek, Jr. Committee Member
Janice Hinson Committee Member
John Northup Committee Member
Melinda Solmon Dean's Representative
  • acceptability
  • accommodations
  • modifications
  • teacher efficacy
  • disabilities
Date of Defense 2003-03-28
Availability unrestricted
Since the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally passed as the Education for All Handicapped Students Act in 1975, a growing number of students with disabilities are receiving their education in general education classrooms. This movement has placed the responsibility of educating students with disabilities on general education teachers with support from special education teachers. One of the responsibilities that general educators now have is the provision of accommodations in their classrooms. Teacher efficacy, the belief in one's ability to affect student learning, has been shown to be related to several classroom behaviors.

This study was conducted to examine the relationship between the acceptability and use of accommodations and teacher efficacy. An instrument, the Teacher Acceptability and Use Scale (TAUS) was developed to examine a teacher's judgement of the acceptability of common classroom modifications designed to support students with disabilities within their classes. In addition, the instrument required teachers to report their current use of each modification. An additional scale, the Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale was administered to measure the teacher's belief in their ability to affect student learning.

Survey data were obtained from 187 teachers of grades 1 - 5 in the state of Louisiana. A principal component analysis of the TAUS revealed a 6-factor structure for the acceptability subscale and a 4-factor structure for the reported use subscale. Data indicated a high correlation between the acceptability and reported use of instructional accommodations. These results appear to support previous research on acceptability of behavioral interventions as well as prior research on instructional accommodations. Additionally, the data support a moderate correlation between teachers' sense of efficacy and the acceptability and use of accommodations.

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