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ERIC Number: EJ978679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Exploring an Effective Professional Development Model with Special Educators in China
Martin, Suzanne M.; Bai, Haiyan; Hu, BiYing
Journal of International Special Needs Education, v14 n2 p88-98 2011
When one compares educational systems of western cultures with those of eastern cultures, many distinct differences exist. These differences become more apparent when the education of students with disabilities is part of the discussion. Can East meet West when it comes to serving students with disabilities? Elllsworth and Zhang (2007) found when surveying school leaders in China, that one way to improve special education services in China was to provide more qualified teachers. In conceptualizing the work discussed in this article, the authors' experiences mirrored those found in the literature that indicated a lack of special education teachers and special education services in China. The authors, two from China and one from the United States, created a project to provide a week long model of professional development concerning the education of students with disabilities to teachers in China. The project personnel, at the invitation of the principal of the Alexaman School (name changed for privacy) outside Beijing, implemented the training in July 2007. Five modules concerning the education of students with disabilities were delivered to 88 educators who work with children who have disabilities in China. Data on effectiveness were gathered through the use of a survey. Demographic data on participants, gathered at the initial session, are discussed. Data analyses indicating differences in teachers' perceptions of teaching students with disabilities also are discussed. Implications for future initiatives are presented. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China