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ERIC Number: EJ933358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Voices of Experience: General Education Teachers on Teaching Students with Disabilities
Berry, Ruth A. W.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v15 n6 p627-648 2011
In this exploratory study focusing on teacher perspective, 46 experienced general education teachers met in focus groups to offer advice for their new colleagues regarding teaching students with disabilities in inclusion contexts. The participants' written and verbal comments were analysed, and results were disaggregated by level of experience (early career, veteran) and type of school (rural, suburban, urban). Nine topics characterised the teachers' responses: instruction, knowing the child, training/resources, policies/procedures, classroom dynamics, communication with colleagues, building self, parent-teacher relationships and understanding inclusion. Recommendations include providing teachers with information regarding school and district policies and procedures and establishing communities of practice as support for new teachers. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A