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ERIC Number: ED358998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 10
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Practitioner Perspectives of Early Childhood Special Educators: Implications for Personnel Preparation.
Butera, Gretchen
Research suggests that training programs for early intervention practitioners are not providing sufficient field experience and are not meeting actual training needs perceived by practitioners. Opinions about the roles of early childhood special educators and needs for training relevant to practice were obtained through interviews with 11 practitioners from rural and suburban southern California and through group discussions at a conference of early childhood special educators. Data analysis revealed the following emerging themes related to child, teacher, and system aspects of early childhood special education: (1) failure of training to cover the diverse range of handicaps encountered in the field; (2) practitioner uncertainties about how to facilitate family involvement, especially in rural areas and with culturally different families; (3) uncertainties about the relative effectiveness of prescriptive teaching methods versus child-initiated instructional techniques; (4) stress arising from the role of coordinator of services among the many agencies involved with young handicapped children; (5) lack of time, resources, and peer networks; (6) lack of support from K-12 administrators who do not understand the specific program needs of early childhood special education; (7) lack of interagency cooperation; and (8) lack of appropriate placements for preschoolers with disabilities, particularly in rural areas. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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