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ERIC Number: EJ938778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Preparing Pre-Service Secondary Education Majors for Inclusive Classrooms in the USA
Anderson, Sheri L.; Gumus, Suad Sakalli
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n6 p529-546 2006
This study serves as a pilot study for a longitudinal study that will be conducted a year later. The purpose of this research is to determine how a course in special education has impacted secondary general education pre-service teachers' attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, teaching students with mild disabilities and the degree of their preparedness (self-reported) in working with students with disabilities. Forty-two secondary pre-service teachers' reflection papers written at the beginning and end of a mandatory special education course (16 weeks) were analysed using qualitative methodology. The findings supported our research hypothesis that a course in special education with necessary components (i.e. introductory special education knowledge, activities designed to enhance students' dispositions toward students with disabilities, and instructional strategies that will help general education teachers teach students with mild disabilities at the middle and secondary levels more effectively) can be effective in preparing secondary education pre-service teachers to work in inclusive classrooms. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States