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ERIC Number: EJ1147772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Rethinking Professional Development in Rural Communities for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mueller, Tracy G.; Brewer, Robin D.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v32 n3 p11-19 Sep 2013
In this manuscript the authors propose a professional development model for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder who are served in rural communities. The components of this four-tiered model include: (a) education through ongoing workshops, (b) coaching, (c) parent information meetings, and (d) ongoing data collection. After implementing the model for 1 year in three school districts, the researchers conducted qualitative interviews with educators to explore their perceptions and experiences with the training model. Data analysis indicated coaching was one of the most beneficial aspects of this model. Teacher perceptions of the successes and challenges with the model are presented, along with implications for meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder through professional development in rural communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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