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ERIC Number: EJ925475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
Preparing Special Educators to Infuse Real Life Issues into the K-12 Curriculum
Beyda-Lorie, Sandra; Kritikos, Effie; Messerer, Jeffrey
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v17 n1 p5-15 2011
Research shows that educators are not prepared to address real life issues such as substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and bullying in the classroom. Yet, students with learning disabilities remain vulnerable to each of these pressing life issues. The purpose of the current study was to determine whether the curriculum infusion (CI) model increased the confidence of special educators in addressing real life issues and whether CI training altered their beliefs about their role in prevention education. This paper describes the key components of a higher education training program in CI. The paper also reports the results of pre- and posttest data collected from students who participated in two undergraduate-level courses and one graduate-level course. Findings indicate that the CI methodology positively impacted preservice teacher beliefs concerning the importance of addressing real life issues in instructional plans. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois