Degree Name

EdD (Doctor of Education)

Program

Educational Leadership

Date of Award

8-2016

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Virginia Foley

Committee Members

John Boyd, Don Good, Karin Keith

Abstract

The purpose of this quantitative study was to investigate the perceptions K-8 regular education teachers have of the Response to Intervention framework. Participants of the study included 1,036 K-8 regular education teachers from 4 East Tennessee districts. The survey achieved a 28% return rate for a total of 277 participants. Specifically, this research assessed K-8 regular education teachers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of the RTI framework overall, in aiding in the accurate identification of students with learning disabilities, closing skills gaps for students, and in aiding in the early identification of students with learning difficulties. The data source analyzed consisted of a survey design using a 5-point Likert type scale. There were 5 research questions with 4 corresponding null hypothesis for each question. Research questions were analyzed using a single sample t test, independent t test, or an ANOVA. Results indicated that teachers perceived the Response to Intervention framework effective to a significant extent overall, in closing skills gaps, and aiding in the early identification of students with learning difficulties. They did not see the framework effective to a significant extent in aiding in the accurate identification of students with learning difficulties.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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