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ERIC Number: EJ1001270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1536-3031
Preservice Teachers Listen to Families of Students with Disabilities and Learn a Disability Studies Stance
Sauer, Janet S.; Kasa, Christi
Issues in Teacher Education, v21 n2 p165-183 Fall 2012
"These families must be so sad. I just wonder what they do and if they have any type of normal life." "I am not sure how I will work with parents. I think they probably look to the school for a lot of help." These quotes were taken from preservice teachers' papers early in their teacher education program, in which they were asked to describe what they thought about the relationship between educators and families who have children with disabilities. These students were on the verge of an experience, as a part of an introductory class in special education, of spending time with and learning from families who had children with disabilities. This experience is a key aspect of their program, which is designed to (a) help eliminate students' fears and stereotypes about disability, (b) allow students to see families as resources and partners in support of their child's education, and (c) provide an opportunity for students to understand their role as an inclusive educator. This article, which concerns an ongoing study, provides a description of how one teacher education program has sought to engage families with children with disabilities and utilize their expertise in the process of understanding special/inclusive education. The research is part of the effort to develop more reflective, critical teachers who are capable of becoming the inclusive school leaders needed for the 21st century. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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