Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Type of Degree
Sandra S. Stroebel
Fred Jay Krieg
Over-representation of males in special education is an area of concern. Research studies have confirmed West Virginia as one of the states having the highest male-to-female ratios for Emotionally Disturbed/Behavior Disorder (ED/BD) students. The current study compares the most and least populated areas in West Virginia with regard to ED/BD eligibility. Male/female student ratios of ED/BD were examined utilizing chi-square analysis. This study used the September 2009 regulations under West Virginia Policy 2419, and those regulations were in place when these data were collected. Results indicated that a statistically significant difference exists between the total number of ED/BD students made eligible into special education when comparing West Virginia’s most and least populated counties, with respect to total student enrollment. It was found that a significant difference did not exist when comparing the male-to-female ratios in West Virginia’s most and least populated counties.
Behavior disorders in children -- Study and teaching -- West Virginia.
Sex discrimination in education -- West Virginia.
Students with disabilities -- West Virginia.
Smart, Matthew Joseph, "ED/BD eligibility related to gender and community size in West Virginia|ED/BD Eligibility Related to Gender and Community Size in West Virginia" (2010). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 851.