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ERIC Number: EJ834403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Special Educators in Inclusive Education Programmes: Reframing Their Work as Teacher Leadership
York-Barr, Jennifer; Sommerness, Jennifer; Duke, Karen; Ghere, Gail
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v9 n2 p193-215 Apr 2005
Special education teachers are finding themselves in increasingly complex and demanding contexts of practice. Many are considering leaving the field or have already done so. These conditions suggest a decline in the appeal of professional practice as a special education teacher, with potentially deleterious short- and long-term effects on the lives of students with disabilities. Special education teachers identified as highly effective in serving students with low incidence disabilities in inclusive education settings were convened to understand better their realities of practice in inclusive education settings and to identify supports for such practice. Findings support and expand those presented in "Bright Futures for Exceptional Learners" (2001) a report published by the US Council for Exceptional Children. In addition to corroborating the complexity of practice, the special educators articulated a sophisticated understanding of how their schools and districts function organizationally and politically. This understanding resulted in access to and utilization of a wide array of resources for students. It is posited that the work of special educators in inclusive education settings is appropriately viewed as teacher leadership. Recommendations are offered for engaging local conversations that result in support for special educators in their central role as leaders of inclusive education. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A