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ERIC Number: EJ814374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0827-3383
Parents and Special Educators: Pre-Service Teachers' Discussion Points
Mulholland, Rita; Blecker, Norma
International Journal of Special Education, v23 n1 p48-53 2008
Students in a pre-service teacher education course, an overview of special education, were required to interview a parent of a special needs child, as well as a special education teacher as a course assignment. Because most educators have little or no training in family involvement and pre-service teacher training in this area is at best limited, the purpose in this effort was to increase the opportunities for pre-service teachers to interact with special educators and parents of special needs children through an interview assignment designed to help them gain a fuller understanding of each of their roles and the need for partnerships. This investigation summarizes the class discussions from 90 undergraduate students over a three-year period to highlight their reflections which point out the need for teacher-parent collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001