ERIC Number: ED439884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-10
Special Educators' Ability To Function As Leaders in Inclusionary Settings.
Wilcox, Daryl J.; Wigle, Stanley E.
The current practice of including all students with special needs in the general education setting has resulted in new roles for special educators. To determine whether special education professionals are being prepared adequately for these new roles, a study investigated the self-reported competencies of special educators on a set of 35 skills important to special educators working in a leadership role. Analysis of surveys returned by special educators from Nebraska, Tennessee, Kansas, and Texas revealed four groups of competencies. Group 1 dealt with developing budgets and procuring funding, two competencies not usually part of preservice preparation of special educators. This group contained the lowest scores. Group 2 contained 14 competencies indicative of recent changes impacting special educators such as using technology, creating professional development programs for colleagues, and implementing a variety of administrative procedures and initiatives. This group had the second lowest ratings. Group 3 represented a mixture of roles on a continuum from traditional to transitional. Skills such as assessing students with disabilities and developing instructional programs appropriate to the needs of the students were on the traditional end. Transitional skills included collaborating with administrators, teachers, and families and advocating for students. Group 3 had the second highest ratings. Group 4 contained 7 traditional roles and received the highest scores. The findings suggest that teacher education and staff development programs should emphasize skills related to newer and more transitional competency areas. (Contains a table of respondents' ratings of competencies and 16 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Capitalizing on Leadership in Rural Special Education: Making a Difference for Children and Families. Conference Proceedings (Alexandria, VA, March 16-18, 2000); see RC 022 337.