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ERIC Number: EJ908050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1056-3997
Our Experience: The Voices of Instructors Teaching a Course on Families
Smiley, Azure Dee
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v22 n4 p36-44 Fall 2009
Preparing "highly qualified" special educators that can effectively partner with the parents of students with disabilities is proving to be a daunting task, though widely acknowledged as essential in special education. This descriptive study examines the experience of instructors co-teaching a special education course focused on family-professional partnerships. The qualitative data shared focuses on the experiences of the university instructors. Findings illustrate instructor's views of teaching a families course, thoughts on delivery methods, as well as perceptions of the impact of such a course on the conceptual change of teachers in regards to families of students with special needs. Implications for the field of special education teacher education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act