The researcher investigated 17 participants, ten novices' and seven experts', scores of facial emotion and decision-making while engaged in a special education simulated case conference, SchoolSims. Educational leaders' facial emotions during decision intervals were examined to determine if differences existed between novice and expert computer evidence scores of decision-making and facial emotion. Results indicated no significant differences between groups, but mean evidence scores of joy, surprise, anger, and disgust were expressed at higher levels by novice leaders. While expert leaders' scores of facial emotion were expressed less frequently scores of each emotion remained close to the group mean as indicated by standard deviation scores. Implications to identified facial emotion and decision-making differences provide initial exploratory findings in potential differences between novice and expert leaders' decision-making and emotional response when leading a simulated conference. This study created a structure for use of simulation and online facial tracking in an online environment. Further investigation of education leaders moving from simulation decision-making to real environments is needed. Future directions should include providing educational leadership with the effects of different facial emotions during decision-making in simulated learning environments as part of their preparation program to increase their capacities in effectively working with families and ultimately in improving outcomes for students with disabilities.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Education; Exceptional Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Scott, Lynn, "Implicit Emotion in Decision-Making: Examining Emotional State Differences in Educational Leaders When Engaged in a Special Education Computer Simulation" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1285.