ERIC Number: ED401240
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Rights versus Responsibilities: Training Individuals with Learning Disabilities in the Teaching Profession.
Gilbert, Sharon L.; Steffey, Barbara J.
This paper reports on a survey concerning the essential functions of teaching and the rights of individuals with learning disabilities to become teachers. The major issues of the study were: (1) the essential functions of a teacher; (2) whether minimum competency is being tested for candidates seeking certification to teach; (3) whether accommodations should be provided on certification tests for teachers; and (4) if so, which accommodations should be provided for teachers with learning disabilities. The 127 respondents were primarily educators in rural and small cities in Illinois. Several conclusions were suggested by the data. First, members of the education community must establish the essential functions of teaching in order to set standards for competency in teaching, and be sure that the standards are followed. Second, teacher educators and administrators are unable to deny admission to teacher education programs to individuals who may not be entirely qualified to teach but "try hard," and it is difficult for them to admit that, in spite of their best efforts, they may not be able to help an individual become a competent teacher. Third, although the Americans with Disabilities Act is aimed at giving equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities, it does not support placing an unqualified individual with a learning disability in a classroom. (Contains 19 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Higher Education, Learning Disabilities, Preservice Teacher Education, Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teachers with Disabilities, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990