Search results for: Special needs students
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These aren’t the kids I signed up for: the lived experience of general education, early childhood preservice teachers in classrooms for children with special needs
Effective inclusive teaching practices continue to be an area of uncertainty for preservice and practicing teachers. This qualitative study examined the lived experiences of three, general education, early childhood, preservice teachers (PST) completing a field experience in preschool classrooms for children with significant disabilities. All three PSTs in the study were completing a semester long requisite field experience while concurrently completing an introduction to special education course. Both the field experience and the introduction to special education course were required for their early childhood, general education certification program. While the PSTs initially acknowledged anxiety related to working with children with significant disabilities, the levels of anxiety decreased during the experience. Additionally, PSTs noted the importance of the pedagogical skills they acquired from their special education mentor teachers. Highly skilled, special education mentor teachers were noted being critical to a successful experience.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2021
The purpose of this study is to examine teacher-perceived capacity to meet their students’ additional support needs. This study also aims to identify perceived sources of help or hindrance in meeting students’ additional support needs, as these sources may be relevant when focusing on the improvement of teacher potential. The findings reveal that the participants perceive themselves to be fairly capable of meeting students’ additional support needs. The participants’ own competencies are perceived as being helpful in addressing all dimensions of students’ additional support needs. The teachers discern four sources of help or hindrance to which teachers attribute their success: teacher him/herself, student characteristics, school/working conditions and teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs.
Updated: Sep. 04, 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
The goal of this study was to examine how pre-service teachers with learning disabilities (LD) perceive their professional training during their first years of Teacher College and whether perception will change during the course of the first term of their undergraduate studies. The findings reveal that the pre-service teachers with learning disabilities had unique perceptions and needs as well as common perceptions of pre-service teachers during their training practice.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2016
Supporting Early Childhood Preservice Teachers in Their Work With Children and Families With Complex Needs: A Strengths Approach
The purpose of this article is to examine the possibility of teacher educators using the principles of the Strengths Approach when teaching preservice teachers to enrich the preservice teachers understanding and skills in parent–educator communication across a range of children’s early development, protection, attachment, and learning needs. The findings reveal that the preservice teacher responses used for this study indicate that before learning about and practicing the Strengths Approach, the participants initially struggled in their approach to working through complex issues with families and children. However, after participating in the Strength Approach module, the participants indicated changes in their perspectives and approaches to these complex issues, coming to the point of seeing families as partners, and communicating with children and families.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
Views From the Trenches: Teacher and Student Supports Needed for Full Inclusion of Students With ASD
This study seeks to determine the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in fully inclusive settings as well as teachers’ needs in facilitating their students’ success. The study was translational in nature by focusing on the practice and daily experiences of teachers for informing professional development. Teachers highlighted the knowledge and skills teachers need for students with ASD to fully benefit from inclusive educational placements.
Updated: Jul. 30, 2015
This study examines trends in teachers’ attitudes and practices that may be affecting the educational experience and achievement of many students with disabilities (SWD). The results provide information regarding the attitudes of teachers toward the ability of SWD and the fairness and validity of high-stakes testing. The attitude of teachers toward the ability of SWD to learn and achieve higher level thinking was found to predict proficient scores of SWD on the New England Common Assessment Program achievement test.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2015
Design Based Research to Develop the Teaching of Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD): Evaluating Lesson Study in terms of Pupil, Teacher and School Outcomes
The purpose of this article was to show the use of a design-based research approach to refine the use of Lesson Study methods to develop the teaching and learning of pupils identified as having moderate learning difficulties (MLD) in secondary schools. The findings suggest beneficial outcomes for pupils and teachers. The findings about pupil demonstrate of positive pupil learning outcomes in a particular context and use of Lesson Study. In addition, teacher level evaluation data found largely similar and very positive outcomes for the teachers concerned.
Updated: Feb. 09, 2015
Who Is Responsible for Vulnerable Pupils? The Attitudes of Teacher Candidates in Serbia and Slovenia
This study aimed to explore how teacher candidates (TCs) from Serbia and Slovenia understand the level of responsibility that they feel towards vulnerable pupils in mainstream elementary schools. Specifically, the study sought to elicit teacher candidates’ views about division of responsibility for the academic achievement and additional support of vulnerable pupils and their views on the factors that most affect learning difficulties in those pupils. The findings suggest that participants from both faculties perceive the teacher and the parents as very important, in terms of responsibility for academic achievements and in terms of providing learning support to the pupil. Parents and teachers are also described as factors that affect a pupil’s learning difficulties, but the pupil’s disability is seen as more important.
Updated: Sep. 09, 2014
Student Teaching’s Contribution to Preservice Teacher Development: A Review of Research Focused on the Preparation of Teachers for Urban and High-Needs Contexts
The purpose of this review is determining what and how student teaching experiences contribute to preservice teachers’ development as future teachers of students in urban and/or high-needs schools specifically. Furthermore, the article also considers the implications of student teaching for the schools that play host to it and for the students who attend those schools. Anchored by sociocultural perspectives on learning and learning to teach, the review highlights a disproportionate emphasis on belief and attitude change, a relatively slim evidence base concerning the development of actual teaching practice, and a tendency toward reductive views of culture and context.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2014