ERIC Number: EJ1071346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Itinerant Deaf Educator and General Educator Perceptions of the D/HH Push-in Model
Rabinsky, Rebecca J.
American Annals of the Deaf, v158 n1 p50-62 2013
A qualitative case study using the deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) push-in model was conducted on the perceptions of 3 itinerant deaf educators and 3 general educators working in 1 school district. Participants worked in pairs of 1 deaf educator and 1 general educator at 3 elementary schools. Open-ended research questions guided the study, which was concerned with teachers' perceptions of the model in general and with the model's advantages, disadvantages, and effectiveness. Data collected from observations, one-to-one interviews, and a focus group interview enabled the investigator to uncover 4 themes: Participants (a) had an overall positive experience, (b) viewed general education immersion as an advantage, (c) considered high noise levels a disadvantage, and (d) believed the effectiveness of the push-in model was dependent on several factors, in particular, the needs of the student and the nature of the general education classroom environment.
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Special Education Teachers, General Education, Teacher Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers, Models, Instructional Effectiveness, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Immersion Programs, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Educational Benefits, Barriers, Acoustics, Observation, Interviews, Focus Groups
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Education Level: Elementary Education
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