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ERIC Number: EJ846061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1555-6913
Breaking Barriers: Building Research Partnerships between Special Education Teachers and Universities in Action Research in Singapore
Nonis, Karen P.
Journal of the International Association of Special Education, v9 n1 p28-37 2008
Teachers have important contributions to make in applied research. Their classroom teaching, management and day to day observations of children with special needs and interaction with parents provides them with a vast pool of experience. Often teachers develop unique strategies for teaching and classroom management to cater to individual needs. Despite their expertise, in general, teachers are reluctant to be involved in research. This research investigated special education teacher's interest to participate in action research. A Likert Scale Survey was administered to Year One (n = 51) and Year Two (n = 52) teachers undergoing pre-service training in Special Education. The survey consisted of 25 questions categorized under (a) Interest to Participate, (b) Support, (c) Skills, (d) Practical Use, (e) Availability of Time, and (f) Opportunity and Networking. The percentage responses were calculated for each category of response. The results showed that the majority of teachers from both Year One and Year Two were interested to participate in research. Teachers were, however, concerned about the level of support they received to participate in research projects. Implications for future collaborations between teachers and University researchers are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore