ERIC Number: EJ1121763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Special Education Professional Development Needs in Zimbabwe
Chitiyo, Morgan; Hughes, Elizabeth M.; Changara, Darlington M.; Chitiyo, George; Montgomery, Kristen M.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v21 n1 p48-62 2017
Since 1980 when Zimbabwe obtained political independence, special education has not received the same priority as the entire education system. One of the manifestations of this discrepancy is the shortage of qualified special education teachers in the country. In order to address this trend and promote the development of special education, researchers have suggested the need for professional development in the area of special education. The purpose of this study was to identify the special education professional development needs of both special and general education in-service teachers in Zimbabwe. A semi-structured survey instrument, developed by the first and second authors, which included open- and closed-end questions was used in this study. The sample consisted of 204 schoolteachers drawn from two school districts of Zvishavane and Gwanda. The participating schoolteachers overwhelmingly expressed the need for more professional development in the area of special education. The schoolteachers also identified several topics that they considered to be important for professional development.
Descriptors: Special Education, Professional Development, Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Inservice Education, Special Education Teachers, School Districts, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Education Programs, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Needs Students, Questionnaires, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Zimbabwe