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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Advisor(s)

Holly McCartney

Laura Desportes

Tiara Brown

Abstract

This thesis explores the extent to which teachers implement best practice of inclusion during their daily Morning Meetings. Morning Meetings are a standard practice at the beginning of the school day where student and teachers greet one another, share personal stories and information, participate in a group activity, and read a morning message written by the teachers. Preschool through third grade teachers in local school districts were given a self-reflection survey. The survey was a standardized checklist that was informed by research on inclusive practices and The Morning Meeting Book (Kriete & Davis, 2014). It was modeled after the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joint early childhood inclusion policy, which states the defining features of inclusion as access, participation, and supports (2009). The survey lists specific practices that teachers may or may not be implementing that promote inclusion. My hypothesis before the research began was that teachers would struggle to implement the practices that take more time and preparation outside of their normal routine. The analysis of the data showed that my hypothesis was correct to some extent, teachers were more successful when implementing accommodations that they could plan into the whole group, and less successful with one-on-one accommodations that required them to work individually with a student outside of the Morning Meeting.

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