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ERIC Number: EJ998225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-1937-6928
Examining the Role of the Special Educator in a Response to Intervention Model
Mitchell, Belinda B.; Deshler, Donald D.; Lenz, B. Keith Ben-Hanania
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, v10 n2 p53-74 Sep 2012
The purpose of this study was to examine the role of the special educator within a response-to-intervention (RTI) framework and to examine what instructional behaviors special educators evidence most frequently in the advanced RTI tiers (i.e., tiers beyond tier 1). Specifically, these two issues were investigated with regard to: (a) proportion of the special educator's time spent in the four key roles as defined by the literature (i.e., collaborator, interventionist, diagnostician, manager); (b) the behaviors special educators evidence most frequently within each role; (c) instructional practices that are used most frequently by special educators; and (d) instructional practices used by special educators that are aligned with effective instructional practices that have been identified in the empirical literature. Seven special educators participated in this study. Over 7000 minutes of observational data were collected focusing on role components and instructional practices. Interviews were also conducted with all participants. Role component observational data showed that special educators are required to perform a wide array of tasks in various settings in collaboration with multiple professionals, students and parents. Instruction observational data showed that special educators are using their limited amount of instructional time in practices which produce the greatest effects, but there were little differences noted between instructional practices in the advanced tiers of instruction. (Contains 7 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas