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ERIC Number: ED566279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 173
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-4344-3
Preparing Teachers Who Can Effectively Assess Students with Disabilities
Potter, Karen M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of New Mexico
This qualitative interview study examined the classroom assessment knowledge and beliefs of five recent graduates of the University of New Mexico Special Education Dual License Program (SEDLP). Research questions were designed to gain understanding in three areas. First, in what ways did recent SEDLP graduates characterize their level of competence (theoretical understanding and practical application) in assessing the progress of students with disabilities in the classroom? Second, in what ways do SEDLP graduates report that they use classroom assessment to inform classroom instruction? Third, what features of the SEDLP teacher preparation program do graduates identify as having positively or negatively impacted their ability to effectively use classroom assessments? To answer these questions, each participant was interviewed twice using a semi-structured question format and constant-comparative methodology. The results showed participant knowledge and specific practices in addressing student affective needs, broadening the application of assessments by individualizing and differentiating, meeting district requirements for assessments, using measurable assessment criteria, and using frequent informal assessment. Classroom instruction was most impacted as participants determined next steps to address knowledge gaps or intervene behaviorally. The SEDLP was characterized as positively impacting classroom assessment in the areas of providing assessment models, multiple examples of types, multiple informal assessment practice opportunities, and organizational and resource availability. It was characterized as lacking instruction in the ares of writing formal assessments and providing opportunities to learn and practice assessments in math. These results lead to implications for future practice and research that are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico