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Exceptional Student Education
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Cultural intelligence, culturally diverse students, special education, educational decision-making
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The purpose of the present study was to explore the cultural intelligence of educational decision-makers and their perceptions of the importance of factors that relate to pre-referral/referral and eligibility determination processes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students who may have disabilities. Participants (n=120) included teachers, school psychologists, and local education agents. The results revealed that individual-level factors predicted the cultural intelligence of educational decision-makers. Participants perceived factors related to pre-referral/referral processes to be more important in decision making when compared to factors related to eligibility determination; yet, participants self reported feeling more confident in making decisions involving eligibility determination. Finally, cultural intelligence was found to be a significant predictor of participants’ reported confidence for making such decisions. In closing, the findings from this study may serve to inform special education policies and practice and improve educational decision-making regarding CLD students with diverse educational needs.
Costa, Annela, "Examining the Cultural Intelligence and Perceptions of Educational Decision-Makers: Factors that Relate to Decision-Making for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students who may have Disabilities" (2019). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4304.
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