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ERIC Number: EJ1135523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
A Qualitative Study of Special Education Certification Methods and How They Affect Teacher Efficacy
Green, Sean
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p88-100 Win 2012
A teacher shortage in the area of special education has led to an increase in the number of special education teachers who are teaching out-of-field. The lack of pedagogical training of these teachers creates concern about the effectiveness of these teachers. This qualitative study explores the teacher-efficacy of four special education teachers with varying backgrounds. One of the teachers was a traditionally certified special education teacher; the other teachers had received their initial certification in areas other than special education, and later became certified in special education by passing a state examination. Qualitative data demonstrated that all four had genuine concern for their students, and all four voiced belief in their ability to teach students with disabilities. However, there was a clear difference in instructional strategies used as well as their concerns about external factors, which may affect a student's ability to learn.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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