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Veale, Natasha; Dobbins, Nicole; Kurtts, Stephanie – Issues in Teacher Education, 2013
Schools across the United States are confronted with the critical demand for highly effective teachers to address the needs of the increasing numbers of diverse learners in their classrooms. In response, school systems are looking beyond the traditional four-year degree student to individuals who are entering the teaching field from other…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Career Change, Alternative Teacher Certification
Moores-Abdool, Whitney – Issues in Teacher Education, 2010
Public education has worked to address the needs of all students with disabilities, although it has been a gradual process. The most pivotal change in public education for students with disabilities in general education classrooms dates to the implementation of the federal law, Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, which is now known…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Inclusive Schools, General Education, Federal Legislation
Bingham, Ann; Abernathy, Tammy V. – Issues in Teacher Education, 2007
Historically, preservice teacher education programs have not adequately prepared teachers in parent involvement or family-centered practices. Because teachers do not routinely encourage family involvement, and parents do not always participate when they are encouraged to do so, the importance of preservice training to involve family members in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Parent Participation
Dingle, Mary; Falvey, Mary A.; Givner, Christine C.; Haager, Diane – Issues in Teacher Education, 2004
The passage of the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as the increased numbers of students with disabilities being educated part or full time in general education classes, create significant challenges for teacher preparation programs for both special and general education teachers. In response to…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, General Education, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers
Sadao, Kathleen C.; Gonsier-Gerdin, Jean; Smith-Stubblefield, Simalee – Issues in Teacher Education, 2004
In the 1990s, fueled by the momentum of the inclusive schools movement, where students with disabilities were being encouraged to participate in their neighborhood schools and adults with disabilities were self-advocating for a chance at community independence, the collaboration model among professionals burgeoned as best practice for serving…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Disabilities, Cooperation, College Faculty
Grenot-Scheyer, Marquita; Coots, Jennifer J.; Bishop-Smith, Kathryn – Issues in Teacher Education, 2004
This article addresses how teacher preparation programs can best respond to the broad, complex calls for reform in ways that are locally meaningful and honor academic integrity, but that are also true to the intent of the reform mandates. The authors begin with an overview of some of the federal and state initiatives that are presenting challenges…
Descriptors: Educational Change, College School Cooperation, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Curriculum
Moore, Veronica M.; Keefe, Elizabeth B. – Issues in Teacher Education, 2004
Traditionally, students with disabilities have been denied a voice in where or how they should receive their education. Much of the literature about education for adolescents focused on both non-disabled students' and teachers' perceptions of working with students with disabilities. Although there is limited research that examines the perceptions…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Attitudes, Student Experience, Disabilities