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ERIC Number: EJ775127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0899-1510
Assessing Attainment of Competency and Program Characteristics of a Distance Preparation Program for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments: One University's Experience
Bickford, James O.
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v38 n3 p99-113 Fall 2006
As distance education becomes a more common practice in teacher preparation, it is critical that students completing these programs be held to the same standards as students completing traditional university-based programs. The author examined the achievements of students in a preparation program for teachers of children with visual impairments in 18 competencies specific to blindness. A comparison of mentor teachers' and student teachers' perceptions of competency attainment through the distance-learning program showed no significant difference between the perceptions of the 2 groups and indicated that the distance-learning program was successful at imparting the required knowledge and skills. The author also surveyed students to ascertain which characteristics of the program made it successful or disadvantageous for them. The strongest program characteristics delineated by students were flexibility and the accessibility and continuous support of the faculty. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon