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ERIC Number: EJ861640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Compromise in Collaborating with Families: Perspectives of Beginning Special Education Teachers
Hansuvadha, Nat
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v30 n4 p346-362 2009
This qualitative study evaluated the belief systems and professional practice of program graduates of an early childhood special education teacher preparation program regarding collaboration with families of children with disabilities. Eleven graduates were interviewed over the course of a school year to identify perceived challenges to their implementation of family-centered practices on the job. Results revealed that (a) underpreparation, (b) attitudinal barriers, (c) workload issues, and (d) language and cultural differences inhibited teachers' collaboration with families of children with disabilities. Implications concerning the role and challenges of teacher preparation and the importance of job design for early childhood teachers are addressed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A