ERIC Number: EJ907108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Using Literature that Portrays Individuals with Autism with Pre-Service Teachers
Beecher, Constance C.; Darragh, Janine J.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n1 p21-25 2011
The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is increasing in the United States. The rate of diagnosis, combined with the trend towards more inclusive classrooms, means that general education teachers will most likely be teaching some students with ASD. In their teacher preparation course in special education, pre-service teachers learned about characteristics of students with ASD by reading literature with positive portrayals of individuals with ASD. In conjunction, pre-service teachers received instruction on teaching strategies to use in the classroom for students with ASD. By combining good literature with instruction in inclusive teaching practices, teacher educators can model the use of disability literature in the classroom to the benefit of all students.
Descriptors: Autism, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Preservice Teacher Education, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Didacticism, Educational Strategies, Inclusion, Childrens Literature, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A