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ERIC Number: EJ925572
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Supporting New Special Education Teachers: How Online Resources and Web 2.0 Technologies Can Help
Billingsley, Bonnie; Israel, Maya; Smith, Sean
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n5 p20-29 May-Jun 2011
New special education teachers (SETs) face some typical challenges as well as ones that are specific to their particular work settings. Providing support that addresses teachers' unique needs is important for increasing their effectiveness, helping them make a smooth entry into teaching, and reducing their stress and turnover. Nearly 20 years ago, the first studies of new SETs were published with a focus on their needs and mentor programs of support. More recently, conceptualizations of induction have broadened to include online professional communities of practice (CoP) and numerous online resources have been developed to support teachers, including Web 2.0 technologies. This article considers high quality online resources that can be used by new teachers and incorporated into traditional mentor programs or virtual systems of support. In addition, emerging opportunities to further new teacher support via Web 2.0 environments are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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