Coaching Preservice Teachers to Teach Play Skills to Children With Disabilities

Nov. 01, 2013

Source: Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(4), November 2013, 330-349.

This article aims to describe two studies that examined the effects of training and coaching on preservice teachers’ implementation of an intervention focused on teaching play to young children with disabilities.

A multiple-baseline across teachers single-case research design was used to systematically examine the relation between didactic training alone and didactic training plus coaching on teachers’ use of the intervention.

The results indicated that didactic training alone was not associated with changes in teacher behaviors.
However, training plus coaching resulted in teachers’ increased use of the intervention package.
Child pretend play behaviors also were examined in Study II and increased with the teachers’ high-fidelity use of the intervention.

Updated: Apr. 22, 2014