Search results for: Special education teachers
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Despite the increased focus on why new special education teachers leave the field, the knowledge related to teacher attrition in special education is still somewhat limited when compared with the field of general education. In this study, the authors conduct several Nominal Group Technique (NGT) focus groups to learn more about the perceived needs of new special education teachers. Focus groups are held with three specific groups, preservice special education teachers, new special education teachers, and school administrators to further investigate the potential differences in perceptions about the needs and roles of new special education teachers.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2019
TPACK in Special Education: Preservice Teacher Decision Making While Integrating iPads Into Instruction
This study examined how preservice teachers’ instructional decision making reflected the use of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) components in an elementary-level special education setting. The findings reveal that the preservice special education teachers had multiple opportunities to practice combining technological knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and content knowledge to make instructional decisions through technology integration. In addition, the participants blended components of this specialized knowledge to make in-the-moment teaching decisions when integrating technology into tutoring sessions.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2018
This study aimed to determine the effects of microteaching on the sense of self-efficacy in teaching of a group of special education pre-service teachers’ in comparison with the effects of traditional teaching. The findings revealed that the sense of self-efficacy in teaching of the participants in both the control and experimental groups increased. An important result was that the sense of self-efficacy of the participants in the experimental group increased at a statistically significant level when compared with that of the participants in the control group.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2018
This study aimed to understand the characteristics of the questions and responses of prospective teachers (PTs) who engaged in a mathematics-specific consultation about how to meet the mathematics learning needs of a student with special education needs (SEN). The findings reveal that elementary PTs did not maximise the potential of questioning and responding stages of the consultations. The authors found that elementary PTs rarely asked about how the SEN affected the mathematics learning. They also rarely attended to either the mathematics content or the student engagement in the mathematical practice.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2018
Special Education Trainee Teachers’ Perceptions of their Professional World: Motives, Roles, and Expectations from Teacher Training
The aim of this study is to examine how special education teacher trainees who were about to begin their training perceive their professional world. The findings revealed that participants described the world of special education as being very closed, consisting of only teacher and students, completely devoid of any learning environs or community and organizational systems. In the world they described, special education teachers serve as role models for others, and devote their lives to their students. Unlike their expectations that they will be working in a closed environment in which they are solo players, they will have to work in complex, multidimensional working environments that also comprise children without special needs, other teachers and professionals, parents, and members of the community.
Updated: Aug. 16, 2017
How Do Professional Learning Communities Aid and Hamper Professional Learning of Beginning Teachers Related to Differentiated Instruction?
This study explores how professional learning communities (PLCs) can enhance beginning teachers’ professional learning in differentiated instruction (DI). Furthermore, it examines how structural and cultural school conditions foster the development of PLCs in the schools’ organization. A comparative analysis was carried out in three schools with high (case A), medium (case B), and low (case C) levels of beginning teachers’ professional learning in DI.The analysis indicated that the three cases could be situated at different stages of PLC development. The authors can situate case C in the ‘beginning stage’, case B can be allocated to the ‘evolving stage’, and case A can be assigned to the ‘mature stage’. Furthermore, the authors found that organizational structures and cultural school conditionsin these three cases were related to different stages of developing PLC.
Updated: Aug. 13, 2017
The Affordances and Constraints of Special Education Initial Teacher Licensure Policy for Teacher Preparation
The authors examined initial licensure polices in special education to determine how these policies support or hinder reform efforts to develop teacher education programs that prepare graduates for the increasingly complex needs of diverse students. Initial special education licensure policies are described with an emphasis on the differences across states on two key options: whether licensure for special education teachers is a stand-alone initial license or whether the state requires a general education license prior to obtaining a second license in special education.
Updated: May. 11, 2017
Perils to Self-Efficacy Perceptions and Teacher-Preparation Quality among Special Education Intern Teachers
This study examines special education intern teachers’ perceived levels of teaching efficacy and the important roles of teaching resources, teachers’ backgrounds, and support from school districts, teacher preparation programs, and pupils’ parents. The findings reveal that the relationship between the quality of support and the level of personal teaching efficacy (PTE) was statistically significant for intern teachers. The authors explain that teaching context in the form of lack of support from school districts, lack of resources, and heavy workloads present grave perils to teachers’ self-efficacy and can weaken the ultimate success of special education teachers. Low levels of self-efficacy combined with increased stress brought about by the emphasis on test scores can contribute to teacher burnout and high rates of attrition for special education intern teachers.
Updated: Apr. 25, 2017
This article describes the process used by cross-department faculty to develop the program design and components and how program evaluation led to revisions that strengthened the program. After five years the quest to develop strategic teachers with the versatility to meet the learning needs of all secondary students continues. Next steps include: developing more field placements that support program goals, building a program portfolio of how candidates and graduates in different disciplines meld differentiation with subject-matter pedogogy, and documenting how principals have created hybrid positions to utilize SDEP graduates in school reform. The authors' experience suggests that merging secondary and special education pedagogy into one coherent program that is co-led and co-taught can result in teachers with a different approach to and skill set for secondary teaching.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2017
The recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) creates a new policy context with the potential to bring about additional changes in PK-12 settings and teacher preparation. In recognition of the need to more clearly articulate and align the demands of PK-12 schooling with the teacher education enterprise, this paper concludes with a set of policy recommendations intended to promote clarification of special educators’ roles and inform the future of university-based teacher preparation programs (TPPs) engaged in fostering their development at the preservice and in-service levels.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2017