Search results for: Special education
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Citizenship and Self-Determination for Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities: The Interdependence of Social Studies and Special Education
This article examines the ways to implement citizenship education in educational settings for individuals with cognitive disabilities. For their successful integration into society as contributing citizens, individuals with cognitive disabilities need self-determination skills such as autonomy, making choices, and self-regulation to be infused throughout their curriculum, and they should begin learning such skills as early as possible.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012
Institutional Separation in Schools of Education: Understanding the Functions of Space in General and Special Education Teacher Preparation
This spatial study is aimed to understand the function space play in a combined credential program in the US in helping or hindering the program’s inclusive mission. The study examines how physical and social manifestations of general and special education are (re)organized in the new program. It was found that the lack of successful inclusive education in schools is related to the lack of well-aligned inclusive preparation in universities. Furthermore, physical and social spaces are active components of maintaining the educational status quo.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011
The current article delineates the many problems experienced by English language learners (ELLs) students within special education. The article also describes a set of preservice modules that were designed for special education teacher candidates to learn about and develop strategies for working with students of diverse language backgrounds. The authors conclude that only by infusing these principles into special education teacher training programs can we hope that future generations of ELLs will not repeat the experiences that past generations have had to endure.
Updated: Sep. 14, 2011
Service-Learning Experiences of College Freshmen, Community Partners, and Consumers With Disabilities
In this study the authors have described the experiences of students, community partners, and consumers with disabilities with the implementation of service-learning projects. The authors investigated the extent to which students and community partners were satisfied with their service-learning experience and the aspects of the project that contributed to and detracted from their personal satisfaction.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2011
Professional Learning for Teachers Without Special Education Qualifications Working With Students With Severe Disabilities
The aim of the project was to explore the impact of a small-scale, personalized professional learning project on the opportunities that teachers provided for students to communicate and on their responsiveness to potentially communicative behavior. The project activity was based on the principles described by Gersten and colleagues. It was found that there was an increase in the opportunities teachers offered, with larger effects in two of the classes.
Updated: Aug. 29, 2011
Recent legislative mandates, such as Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act and No Child Left Behind, calling for improved access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. However, preservice teachers have not been adequately prepared for collaborative teaching in inclusive classrooms. To address this disconnect, the authors describe a cross-departmental collaboration created to bridge the experiences of general and special education preservice teachers and provide a context for coteaching at the preservice level.
Updated: Jun. 18, 2011
The purpose of this research was to explore attitudes about and practices of preservice special and social studies education teachers toward coteaching. Two findings emerged in this study. First, the students were open minded about coteaching but had concerns about the process. Second, the students conceptualized their fields as separate spheres of knowledge and practice, quite isolated from each other, and they perceived their roles as coteachers as different as well.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2011
The current study explored the perceptions of classroom response systems, or “clickers,” by teacher-candidates of diverse ages and both genders. 63 teacher education students participated in the study. The results suggested that teacher candidates of all ages and both genders responded overwhelmingly positive to clickers in the university classroom. For males and female teacher education students of all ages, clickers improve interaction with peers and the instructor.
Updated: May. 30, 2011
In this article, the authors explore two examples of case method instruction that extend beyond university classrooms to field sites: case report and case study. Both examples were used in special education teacher preparation graduate courses. The authors conclude that they found the case-based methods described here to be invaluable in bridging the gap from the university classroom to the school-based classroom.
Updated: Jan. 23, 2011
The purpose of this study was to investigate how alternative certification programs may affect special education teacher retention. The authors compared the University of Memphis's alternative Special Education Institute program to the university's traditional certification program. It was found that a larger percentage of the alternatively prepared teachers were employed at local school districts than the traditional program graduates . Furthermore, a larger percentage of African American students were employed by area school districts than were their White counterparts. The findings of this study support the use of alternative certification programs.
Updated: Jan. 04, 2011