ERIC Number: EJ1068707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Common Core Preparation in Special Education Teacher Education Programs: Beginning the Conversation
Murphy, Michelle R.; Marshall, Kathleen J.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v38 n3 p167-185 Aug 2015
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed to encourage a common focus of instruction and evaluation in the areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, writing, speaking, and listening. As of 2011, all but five states have adopted CCSS for math and English Language Arts (ELA), with another adopting only the standards for ELA. With these adoptions comes a new emphasis in teacher training; the field is calling for a collective effort, on the part of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), to work collaboratively to prepare future teachers. This study is a preliminary exploration of current CCSS preparation in IHEs. Focus groups were conducted with pre-service teachers and professors in general and special education programs at five colleges across two southeastern states. Findings address the perceptions of both groups related to knowledge, ability, contributions, and barriers to application of CCSS. In addition, implications for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, State Standards, Focus Groups, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, College Faculty, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Knowledge Level, Familiarity, Teacher Competencies, Self Efficacy, Performance Factors, Barriers, Best Practices, Reliability, Alignment (Education), Relevance (Education), Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Case Studies, Semi Structured Interviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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