Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


The purpose of this action research was to explore the perceptions of parents, teachers, and students with mild to moderate disabilities who participated in the transition process from elementary to middle school. Sixth grade students, parents, resource teachers, and general education teachers completed questionnaires and were interviewed about the academic, procedural, social and emotional issues associated with the transition process. Questionnaire and interview results indicated that there is higher concern in regards to the transition process among general education teachers and parents, and less concern among students and the special education teachers. Additionally, results indicated students, teachers, and parents all have concerns regarding the lack of organizational skills and technology in the middle school classroom. Additionally, student questionnaires indicated one potential solution to the process could include having an older mentor student assigned to each incoming middle school student in order to facilitate a smoother transition.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department