The Effects of Teacher Beliefs on Teaching Practices and Achievement of Students With Disabilities

Aug. 01, 2014

Source: Teacher Education and Special Education, 37(3), August 2014, p. 216-240.

This study examines trends in teachers’ attitudes and practices that may be affecting the educational experience and achievement of many students with disabilities (SWD).

Data were collected from a survey, which conducted among 218 general and special educators.

The results provide information regarding the attitudes of teachers toward the ability of SWD and the fairness and validity of high-stakes testing.
Teachers’ attitudes toward the ability of SWD, teacher classification, and the amount of teacher training were all found to be predictors of the use of evidence-based practice.
The attitude of teachers toward the ability of SWD to learn and achieve higher level thinking was found to predict proficient scores of SWD on the New England Common Assessment Program achievement test.

Updated: Feb. 17, 2015