ERIC Number: EJ861192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Special Education Teacher Education: A Perspective on Content Knowledge
Greer, Diana L.; Meyen, Edward L.
Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, v24 n4 p196-203 Nov 2009
The passage of No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has strengthened the conditions for instructional accountability for all learners. The standards-based approach promulgated by curriculum and state assessments is central to the accountability of conditions in today's schools; however, national and state data continue to document a performance gap between students with learning disabilities (LD) and their nondisabled peers. Building on 5 years of experience in developing and testing the Blending Assessment with Instruction Program in mathematics, we present three basic principles that are essential to ensuring that students with LD achieve curriculum standards: (1) instruction must be aligned with curriculum standards, (2) teachers' content knowledge is essential to translating curriculum standards into aligned instruction, and (3) instructional methodology should receive greater attention during teacher preparation.
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Learning Disabilities, Accountability, Achievement Gap, Alignment (Education), Academic Standards, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001