Search results for: Special education
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Investment vs. Return: Outcomes of Special Education Technology Research in Literacy for Students with Mild Disabilities
This article presents a review of the research on technology integration in the area of literacy for individuals with mild disabilities. In the area of reading, research has investigated such technologies as using multimedia to improve reading, using voice recognition to improve reading skills, and using text-to-speech synthesis to compensate for reading deficits. Written language research in special education technology has studied the use of word processors, text-to-speech synthesis, word prediction, and spelling and grammar checkers. In summary, integrating technology into instruction for students with mild disabilities seems to provide an academic gain for them.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2010
The degree to which special educators serve in a meaningful collaborative capacity in inclusive classrooms has come under scrutiny, and hence, the quality of collaboration training afforded requires examination. This article describes the results of a survey conducted with 53 undergraduate pre-service special education training programs representing 25 states.Results suggest that many of the concerns related to collaboration in public schools are paralleled by those between special and general education in college and university training programs.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
Examining Perceptions of Systematic Integration of Instructional Technology in a Teacher Education Program
In this article, the authors describe a systematic effort by a department of special education to integrate technology into teaching through a one-to-one laptop initiative and to examine preservice teachers' perceptions concerning their experiences with the initiative. 13 undergraduate special education majors participated in this study. The authors used both qualitative and quantitative methods. The findings indicate that preservice teachers' perceptions of their abilities to integrate the use of technology in their teaching increased, whereas their attitudes toward integrating technology in teaching remained consistently high across program semesters. Implications of the results are discussed.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
The Use of Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies in Special Education Settings in Secondary Schools: Development, Implementation and Outcomes
This study examined the level of implementation of evidence-based practices by teachers after they participated in a unique training program aimed at enhancing the use of evidence-based practices. The results indicate that five months post-training, 62% of the evidence-based strategies had been implemented and these levels were maintained 13-months post-training.
Updated: Dec. 15, 2009
Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Instructional Components
The purpose of this meta-analysis was to synthesize findings from 42 interventions (randomized control trials and quasi-experimental studies) on instructional approaches that enhance the mathematics proficiency of students with learning disabilities. All instructional components except for student feedback with goal-setting and peer-assisted learning within a class resulted in significant mean effects. The authors also examined the effectiveness of these components conditionally, using hierarchical multiple regressions.
Updated: Nov. 30, 2009
Special Education Teaching as a Profession: Lessons Learned From Occupations That Have Achieved Full Professional Standing
This article discusses issues surrounding the status of special education teaching as a profession. First, the authors consider what makes an occupation a profession and examine the range of views of professions in American society. Second, the authors describe the evolution and developmental history of three established professions: medicine, law, and engineering. The authors then consider the developmental status of special education in relation to the histories of these three established professions. They conclude with a discussion of actions that will be necessary if special education teaching is to achieve the status of a profession.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009
Instructional Settings in Science for Students with Disabilities: Implications for Teacher Education
This study identifies administrative structures, instructional settings, and special/general education teacher roles in teaching science to students with disabilities. A phone survey was conducted with special education coordinators of fifth graders in 137 districts in Texas. Survey data indicated that nearly all districts reported special education settings for the instruction of science for students with disabilities. However, some districts provided only general education settings.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2009
In light of the current federal intent to evaluate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personnel Preparation program and the potentially high stakes of this evaluation, the purpose of this paper is to review previous evaluation studies and offer recommendations for the future. The authors present a summary of previous efforts and pose issues and questions for those who seek to understand the impact of the program. Furthermore, they provide recommendations for future research.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2009
The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which teacher candidates are successful in meeting the needs of all students, including those with disabilities.Units of 20 teacher candidates were examined to determine: (a) the learning demonstrated by students with disabilities; and, (b) the teaching models and strategies used by the teacher candidates. Evidence of student learning was determined through analysis of disaggregated data from class-wide results.
Updated: Jun. 29, 2009
This qualitative study explored aspects of the inclusive program in an elementary school in a rural section of the upper Midwest of the United States. The paper describes a university and elementary school research partnership to study collaboration among the general education teachers and the special education staff (teachers and assistants) in the inclusive elementary school.
Updated: Jun. 17, 2009