Rachael Hartley

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Master of Arts in Education (MA)

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Special Education


tolerance, special education, inclusion, maladaptive behaviors, disability


Roger Pence, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


A teacher's tolerance and ability to teach and manage the student's behaviors, in addition to the rest of his or her class, has an affect not only on the children around the child with behavior challenges, but on the child exhibiting the challenges as well. This study focuses on teacher tolerance of students who exhibit maladaptive behaviors related to a disability and are placed in an inclusive setting with their general education peers. The researcher developed an instrument to measure teacher tolerance of maladaptive behaviors called the Acceptability of Misbehavior Teacher Tolerance Survey. The purpose of this instrument was to determine trends in tolerance or acceptance of certain behaviors for the surveyed group. Although individuals will always vary in their preferences of student behavior, staff can increase personal understanding and awareness of certain behaviors that may help them manage these behaviors more effectively and thusly be less adverse to having students with certain difficulties in their classrooms.

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