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ERIC Number: EJ789112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
Early Childhood Special Educators Reflect on their Preparation and Practice
Lava, Valerie F.; Recchia, Susan L.; Giovacco-Johnson, Tricia
Teacher Education and Special Education, v27 n2 p190-201 2004
Twenty-five recent graduates of a Master's Program in Early Childhood Special Education participated in focus group interviews designed to explore their perceptions and experiences regarding their first years of practice in urban schools. Findings revealed that participants faced many challenges including collaboration with colleagues, seeking and finding support, working with complex family issues, and dealing with the demands of a large bureaucratic system. Implications for personnel preparation programs are discussed and recommendations are provided, focusing on the needs of early childhood special education teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A