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ERIC Number: EJ1095636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Perspectives of Pre-Service Teachers on Students with Emotional Disabilities
Beam, Andrea P.; Yocum, Russell G.; Pinkie, Elyse C.
Teacher Educators' Journal, v9 p49-62 Spr 2016
Perceptions of working with students of emotional disabilities or who are considered Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed (E/BD) is varied across the spectrum. However, one constant that does hold true is that all pre-service teachers have some hesitation in working with such students, especially if they lack any previous exposure to students with E/BD. This study compared pre- and post-test Likert-scale type surveys about pre-service teachers' (n = 35) perceptions regarding students with E/BD. In between the pre- and post-test, the pre-service teachers were given classroom instruction and were assigned a practicum field experience to observe and work alongside students with emotionally charged behaviors housed in an alternative educational facility. The scores were analyzed via a paired t-test and findings revealed that practical observation experience at an alternative school setting for E/BD students and instruction on behavior management strategies had a significantly positive effect on survey respondents' perceptions regarding E/BD students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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