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ERIC Number: EJ775535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2194
Teachers' In-Flight Thinking in Inclusive Classrooms
Paterson, David
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v40 n5 p427-435 Sep-Oct 2007
This article explores the thinking of five junior high school teachers as they teach students with learning difficulties in inclusive classrooms. Insights into the ways these teachers think about students in these inclusive secondary school contexts were obtained through triangulating data from semistructured interviews, stimulated recall of in-flight thinking, and researcher field notes. Exploration of teachers' in-flight thinking (i.e., the thinking of teachers as they engaged in classroom teaching) revealed a knowledge of individual students that was not related to categorical notions of learning difficulties. This research has implications for the practice of teaching in inclusive settings as well as for teacher preparation. Specifically, it suggests that attention to student differences should be replaced by the development of teachers' knowledge about individual students as a rich source of practical knowledge and the basis for developing effective instructional techniques.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A