Kaci Ellis

Kaci Ellis
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Bettini
College of Education
 
"I chose to get involved with research because I will gain insights regarding strategies to support the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in inclusive settings. Since I recognize the growing trend of students with ASD being included in general education classrooms, I want to be fully prepared to effectively help these students. Therefore, it is essential for me to learn about appropriate supports and interventions. Understanding teachers’ perceptions of the feasibility of implementing these practices will help develop a plan to implement them effectively in my own classroom. Finally, conducting this research study will verify my intention in pursuing a doctorate, as well as support me in developing the skills I will need to conduct research in the future."

Major

Elementary Education: Unified Elementary ProTeach Program

Minor

Dance

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Classroom Management

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Lancaster Scholarship
  • President's Honor Roll

Organizations

  • COE Student Ambassador
  • Florida Education Association
  • Stomp the Swamp

Volunteer

  • Caleb's Pitch
  • Relay for Life
  • Gator Plunge/MLK Day of Service

Hobbies and Interests

  • Dance
  • Photography
  • Spending Time with Friends and Family
  • Travel

Research Description

Teachers’ Perceptions of Strategies that Facilitate Successful Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in General Education Classes

The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate teachers’ perceptions of the practices that they currently use to facilitate the inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in elementary school general education classes. The following research question will be investigated: How do effective general education teachers perceive the strategies they currently use to facilitate the successful inclusion of students with ASD in their classes? I will recruit teachers for participation by asking principals of highly performing, inclusive schools to nominate teachers with a minimum of 3 years of experience who are currently effectively including students with ASD in their classes. I will conduct interviews with 3-5 teachers, transcribe the interviews, and conduct a qualitative analysis of them. Results will be submitted to scholarly publications (i.e. Beyond Behavior) and conferences (i.e. Council for Exceptional Children, 2015).