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ERIC Number: ED450501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Special Thinking in Special Educators.
Gesek, Glenn J.; Green, Sara; Stough, Laura M.; Palmer, Doug
This paper describes the first year of a 3-year project to identify the specific skills of expert special education teachers. The project has three objectives: (1) to develop a knowledge base of identified expert special educators who work with culturally and linguistically diverse students with mild/moderate disabilities; (2) to field-test expertise teacher training materials and activities by incorporating them into a teacher education program; and (3) to evaluate and disseminate project results. The project is based on the premise that changes in the nature of special education have altered the role that special education teachers play. These changes include the inclusion movement, the changing demography of the school population, and the increased emphasis on transition services for adolescents. The literature is reviewed concerning characteristics of the expert educator of students with disabilities, the definition of expertise in teaching, and findings of research on thought processes of expert teachers. These findings suggest expert special educators focus more intensely on the needs of the individual learner than do regular educators. Other findings suggest that an effective method for teaching expertise is the use of videotaped classroom situations with audiotapes of the expert teacher commenting on his/her instructional behavior. (Contains 59 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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