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ERIC Number: EJ789375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
An Alternative Model of Special Education Teacher Education Socialization
Young, Kathryn
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n4 p901-914 May 2008
The process of organizational socialization sheds light on the difficulty of a university program to effectively socialize its special education teacher candidates into believing and acting on theories of inclusion for students with disabilities in public schools. In general, people are socialized by prior experiences, then the university, then the workplace. In this case, the workplace socialization exists "prior to" participation in the university setting "and in conjunction with" it potentially complicating traditional university socialization. This study explores how prospective special education teachers in a moderate/severe special education teacher credential program adopt, adapt, and redefine the concept of inclusion. An analysis of their use of the term "inclusion" in semi-structured interviews draws attention to the degree to which they have or have not been socialized into believing and acting on inclusion at their schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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