Highly qualified teacher requirements for special educators: Defining disrespect: A rural teachers’ perspective

Peter Alter, additional author(s)

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Disrespect is an ambiguous term that has been shown to be predictive of emotional exhaustion and burnout of teachers. This study examined 120 rural teachers' definition of disrespect. Seventeen different definitions of disrespect emerged from the data. Implications of identifying these definitions are discussed as well as how researchers can continue to support teachers to effectively addressing these behaviors.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalRural Special Education Quarterly
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • disrespect
  • challenging behavior
  • teacher perspective


  • Education

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