ERIC Number: ED426545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Special Educators To Meet the Needs of Students Who Are Learning English as a Second Language and Are Visually Impaired: A Monograph.
Milian, Madeline; Ferrell, Kay Alicyn
This monograph describes a personnel preparation program that prepared 32 Colorado special education graduates to meet the needs of students who are learning English as a second language and are visually impaired. Graduates took a course that was specially designed to expose students to relevant literature on federal mandates for the education of students from linguistically diverse communities, teaching methodology appropriate for students with limited proficiency and academic achievement, working with families from diverse cultures, using translators, and the teaching of the Spanish braille code. Moreover, students spent 10 hours observing English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in public schools. The second part of the monograph details changes incorporated into targeted courses related to multicultural issues and provides a list of competencies related to the education of linguistically diverse students with visual impairments to assist in the development of relevant course objectives. The third part of the monograph discusses the results of a survey of 361 educators working with students with visual impairments that identifies some of the challenges of working with linguistically diverse students. The fourth part of the monograph contains an annotated bibliography of relevant resources. (CR)
Descriptors: Braille, Course Content, Cultural Differences, Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Federal Regulation, Higher Education, Limited English Speaking, Minority Group Children, Preservice Teacher Education, Spanish Speaking, Special Education Teachers, Staff Development, Surveys, Teacher Competencies, Visual Impairments
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado