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ERIC Number: ED342744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Examining the Experiences of Educators Who Have Disabilities: Implications for Enhancing Diversity in Teacher Education Programs.
Keller, Clayton E.; And Others
The study described here investigated the training and employment experiences of educators with disabilities. Participants included 25 educators (17 female and 8 male) with a variety of disabilities (physical disabilities, health impairments, or medical conditions; learning disabilities; acquired brain injuries; visual impairments; hearing impairments and speech impairments). Since difficulties caused by disabilities impact, at least to some degree, the educator's abilities to perform professional responsibilities, subjects were asked in open-ended interviews for self-descriptive information, motivations for entering the profession, and experiences with admission to a training program, employment searches, and actual practice. Results suggest that teacher educators need to focus on the expansion of possibilities for persons with disabilities through: (1) communication with respect to capabilities and limitations; (2) accommodation, adaptation, modification, and alternative solutions to handle actual or potential difficulties; and (3) support of the person's self-determination by promoting choice of alternatives by persons with disabilities. Meeting this challenge would diversify the pool of educators and provide equitable chances for persons with disabilities who wish to become teachers. A table is included on the disability status of the teachers in the study. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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