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In this study, the authors examine the impact of a community service learning course on undergraduate students’ decisions to pursue careers as special education teachers or related service providers. 134 participants completed a course involving volunteer service with persons with disabilities in the local community and were surveyed as to whether they were interested in pursuing a career in special education upon graduation. Their findings indicated that contact with a person with a disability through community service learning was a factor in influencing participants’ willingness to enter the field of special education.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2019
Evaluating Special Education Teachers’ Classroom Performance: Rater Reliability at the Rubric Item Level
In this study, 19 special education teachers in California and Idaho each contributed three video-recorded classroom lessons. Using rubric items designed to reflect efficacious instructional practices for teaching students with disabilities, school administrators and peers scored the teachers’ lessons. Rater reliability and sources of error variance were examined using generalizability theory. The authors found that peers were more reliable raters than school administrators, who did not have expertise in special education, and the school administrators’ ratings varied at the rubric items level. Implications for classroom observation systems are discussed by the authors.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2019