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ERIC Number: EJ1163799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Issues in Special Education Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Professional Development: Considerations in Supporting Rural Teachers
Berry, Ann B.; Petrin, Robert A.; Gravelle, Maggie L.; Farmer, Thomas W.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v30 n4 p3-11 Dec 2011
This study sought to obtain a current picture of special education teacher recruitment and retention in rural districts and to understand the professional development needs of rural special educators. Surveys, administered through telephone interviews with a national sample of special education administrators and teachers, confirmed the difficulties in hiring appropriately qualified teachers. Additional demands of the position may place teachers at risk for attrition. The authors identified important areas of professional development to support rural teachers in their positions: (a) working with paraprofessionals and parents, (b) low-incidence disabilities, (c) emotional and behavior disorders, (d) classroom management, (e) skills in collaboration and inclusive practices, and (f) curriculum content.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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IES Cited: ED576669