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ERIC Number: ED417152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Training Rural Special Educators to Transition to the Workplace: Lessons for Small Teacher Education Programs.
Fallon, Moira A.; Hammons, Jo-Ann
There are many important workplace issues that must be considered when training rural special educators, particularly those who come from small rural environments with limited diversity. Teacher education programs and rural educators view practicum experiences as integral in transitioning from the training program to the diverse challenges of the workplace. Rural special education teachers face many transitional challenges. It is important that they have competencies in interpersonal skills (e.g., interviewing and counseling) and in the delivery of services for students with disabilities. However, most training programs do not require them to take courses in counseling or interpersonal skills. In order to implement culturally responsive teaching in higher education, it is imperative that special educators are taught using active learning techniques designed to promote the development of culturally sensitive professional judgment. Rural university training programs must also integrate strategies into their coursework that help trainees focus on their performance and growth in acquiring professional skills. Special educators must be well trained in the knowledge base in order to meet the demands of the rural workplace. They must have a progression of experiences that culminate in the practicum. However, the supervision and practicum experience will only be effective if the feedback is related to the knowledge base and is perceived as clear and explicit by the recipients. (Contains 9 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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