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ERIC Number: EJ1136875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2325-7466
Teacher Candidates' Knowledge of Special Education Law
Sanders, Pamela
Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, p96-108 Fall 2011
This study sought to assess teacher candidates' knowledge of special education policies and procedures as mandated by the federal government. It also examines factors associated with accurate knowledge. A sample of 111 teacher candidates, drawn from a Missouri private university, completed a survey. Overall, teacher candidates lacked accurate knowledge and misperceived their lack of knowledge. The most significant predictors of accurate knowledge were completing more special education courses and having positive attitudes toward inclusion. Additionally, this study revealed no differences in knowledge between regular education teacher candidates versus special education teacher candidates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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