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Open Access Dissertation

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

John L. Hosp

Subject Categories

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Special Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development


The purpose of this study is to assess the current state of professional development activities of Saudi special education teachers in comparison to the research-based professional development practices of special education teachers. A survey of professional development evaluation and job satisfaction that describe three components was electronically collected from 613 special education teachers who were actively employed in Saudi public schools during the 2019/2020 school year. The results show that participating in professional development activities contributed to the study’s special education teachers’ satisfaction with their teaching profession. Additionally, the findings suggest that improvements to the professional development practices that are currently provided to Saudi special education teachers would be of greater benefit by more closely aligning with the literature on effective professional development.