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ERIC Number: EJ968825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0031-8981
Practicum in a Self-Contained Environment: Pre-Service Teacher Perceptions of Teaching Students with Disabilities
Rust, Ryan; Sinelnikov, Oleg
Physical Educator, v67 n1 p33-45 2010
The purpose of this study was to explore pre-service physical education teacher perceptions of teaching students with disabilities and professional preparation in a self-contained environment during a student teaching practicum. Data collection included formal interviews, informal interviews, direct observation with field notes, and critical incident reports; and took place during a seven week student teaching practicum at a school which only serves students with severe and profound disabilities. Qualitative techniques were used to analyze the results. The results indicated a pre-service teacher's perception that a PETE program provided him with adequate preparation for teaching students with disabilities, but also suggested a need of presenting more realistic settings for teaching students with disabilities prior to practicum. In addition, the pre-service teacher, while focused on his own teaching, identified the pedagogical content knowledge for teaching students with disabilities as fundamental in successful teaching. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001