Date of Award:

8-2022

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Psychology

Committee Chair(s)

Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Committee

Maryellen McClain Verdoes

Committee

Sarah E. Pinkelman

Committee

Bryn Harris

Abstract

Current research focusing on disproportionality and equity in schools focuses on the urban environment, resulting in a significant gap in our understanding of the challenges of rural schools. For rural, racially and ethnically minoritized (R/EM) students who have disabilities, this research is largely unavailable or minimal, and negatively affects our understanding of rural needs, barriers, and successes for this historically underserved population. There is even less research focused specifically on rural students in the Rocky Mountain West (RMW) region of the United States. Understanding these factors serves as a critical area of research, and is the focus of this study. It is predicted that the results of this study will reflect that the percentages of minoritized students within rural schools of states located in the RMW region of the United States of America is predictive of the percentage of students receiving special education services.

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