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ERIC Number: EJ825585
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Effective Special Teacher Characteristics: Perceptions of Preschool Special Educators in Greece
Soulis, Spiridon-Georgios
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v24 n1 p91-101 Feb 2009
The aim of the present study was to evaluate six characteristics of effective special pre-school teachers, similar to those used in the relevant literature. The study participants were all special teachers (n = 226), serving in Greek state and community pre-primary educational institutions (i.e. kindergartens and day nurseries) for children with learning disabilities. Data were collected through a two-part questionnaire sent to the targeted special teachers (response rate 100%) and through focused group discussion with teachers. Three characteristics emerged as salient features of an effective teacher: love for the children; competent pre-service training and ongoing professional development; and professionalism and commitment. The remaining three characteristics assessed (i.e. effective communication skills, a well-rounded personality, and instructional ability) were also judged to be essential. Based on each characteristic's analysis, the paper discusses the implications of pre-service and in-service training for special teachers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece