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Research Study

Developing and Validating the Teacher Self-Efficacy for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Inclusive Classrooms (TSE-ASDI) Scale


Please read the following with care and indicate your agreement at the end of this page.



Study's Title: Developing and Validating the Teacher Self-efficacy for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Inclusive Classrooms (TSE-ASDI) Scale


Why is this study being done? This study is being done to validate a scale intended to meausre teachers' beliefs in their ability for teaching students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive early childhood classrooms, the Teacher Self-efficacy for Teaching Students with ASD in Inclusive Classroom Scale: TSE-ASDI, for use with both pre-service and in-service teachers. This scale can be used by teacher educators and education researchers to help them better understand how to prepare and support teachers working with students with autism spectrum disorder in general education classrooms.


What will happen while you are in the study? Participation in this study involves completing three documents:

  1. A background survey, that asks about your demographics, educational experiences, and experiences in working with children with autism.
  2. A 12-item scale that asks about your general teaching beliefs, and
  3. A 28-item scale that asks about your beliefs about teaching children with autism.


Time: It should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete all three documents.


Risks: While participating in the study you may experience mild discomfort while you relfect on your experience. You may also feel bored or confused. The information we gather from you are anonymous. However, any information sent over the internet may be at risk of interception by third parties. We are using a secure web service to gather your responses.


Benefits: Participation in this study provides a chance to think about your professional beliefs. Your answers will be used to inform the teacher education field and improve the practice of others. You may also learn about the research process by participating.


Compensation: After completing the three documents you will be directed to a new survey form where you can enter your email address to be included in a drawing to win one of four fifty dollar Amazon gift cards. These emails will be used solely for the purposes of the drawing, and to send the winners gift cards electronically. Upon completion of the drawing, the information in this separate survey will be deleted.


Who will know that you are in this study? You will not be linked to any presentations of the findings from this study. I will keep who you are anonymous.


Do you have to be in the study? You do NOT have to be in this study. You are a volunteer! It is okay if you want to stop at any time and not be in the study. You do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer.


Do you have any questions about this study? Contact Corinne Catalano (; 973-655-4358; Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University) with any questionss you have about this study.


Do you have any questions about your rights as a research participant? Phone or email the IRB Chair, Dr. Katrina Bulkley, at 973-655-5189 or


Statement of Consent

By clicking the link below, I confirm that

  • I have read this message.
  • I understand the purpose of the study, what my involvement will entail, and possible risks.
  • I understand that I can end my participation at any time.
  • I am 18 years of age (or older).
  • I agree to participate in this study.


The study has been approved by the Montclair State University Institutional Review Board as study #FY16-17-571 on May 3, 2017.

Please feel free to print a copy of this consent for your records.