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Children with disabilities--Education--Iowa; School administrators--Iowa; Children with disabilities--Education; School administrators; Iowa;


The functions that special education directors in Iowa perform are broad in nature and specific in detail, Directors need to accomplish their tasks successfully if exceptional children are to receive quality education programs and services. The Review of Literature is concerned with the administration of special education programs and services, this is outlined in three areas. The three areas include: 1) the development of a philosophy establishing the need for increased and improved special education programs and services with qualified directors; 2) the establishment of the roles or functions to be performed by special education directors; and 3) the recognition of special problems encountered by special education directors.

Research has been limited pertaining to the directorial functions performed by special education directors. It was the purpose of this study to ascertain the major functions performed by special education directors in Iowa.

This study involved 18 subjects who performed directorial functions in administration of special education in Iowa. The subjects completed a questionnaire and one time log booklet during one week in the fall, mid-year and spring of the 1974-75 school year. The subjects were requested to record in the time log booklet the most significant directorial tasks they performed during each hour of their regular work day.

The subjects' responses were scrutinized by the researcher's established criteria. The criteria outlined the major directorial functions performed by the subjects into the main categories of: 1) administrative; 2) supervisory; 3) coordinative; and 4) miscellaneous.

The procedure for treatment of data employed two methods, 1) frequency of occurrence; and 2) statistical analysis. These methods of analyzing the data provided results related to, 1) the frequency of directorial functions performed; 2) the time of year directorial functions were performed; and 3) the interaction of directorial functions performed by time of year. The results relating to the frequency of directorial functions showed that: 1) administrative functions were performed approximately one-half of the times 2) coordinative functions were performed approximately one-fourth of the time; 3) miscellaneous functions were performed approximately one-fifth of the time; and 4) supervisory functions were performed approximately 3 percent of the time.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Special Education

First Advisor

Lee Courtnage


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