Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
Teachers may be placing students with autism in inclusive and self-contained settings based on teachers' perceptions and students' social characteristics. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether the biases and experiences of elementary teachers affect the placement of students with autism. All of the subjects in this study are teachers from a small suburban school district in Western New York. According to the findings of this study, negative characteristics of students with autism did not affect the placement of students with autism. However, perceived characteristics of students with autism did significantly impact placement. If teachers are aware of the impact that their biases can have on the placement of students with autism based on their perceived social characteristics, the process could become much more reliable.
Mallaber, Amy, "Are Children with Autism in their Primary Schooling Years Perceived by Their Teachers as More Socially Proficient in Inclusive Settings?" (2005). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 813.