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Lichte, Amy; Scheef, Andrew R. – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2022
Paraprofessionals are often hired to conduct one-on-one or small group support to students with disabilities within the K-12 school system. Existing literature illustrates a limited expectation that paraprofessionals in school districts receive training surrounding their job requirements. With the rise of students being identified for special…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Elementary Secondary Education, Students with Disabilities, Training
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Gordon, Amber M.; Musick, Kurustun S.; King, Alison R.; Wallace, Erin Stehle – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2022
The purpose of this study is to examine the readability levels of the state departments of education guidance documents regarding COVID-19 protocols for families of students receiving special education services. The authors searched the 50 states and the District of Columbia's departments of education websites for their COVID-19, special…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Readability, Special Education
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VanLone, Janet; Freeman, Jennifer; Simonsen, Brandi; Everett, Susannah; Sugai, George; Whitcomb, Sara – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2022
This study used a single-subject, multiple baseline across participants research design to explore the effects of a multi-component intervention on pre-service teachers' use of behavior-specific praise (BSP). The intervention consisted of explicit instruction and modeling of the skill, followed by on-going video self-analysis, self-monitoring, and…
Descriptors: Intervention, Positive Reinforcement, Student Behavior, Video Technology
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Buxbaum, Lindsey; Pedersen, Holly F.; Gilson, Cheryl; Magnus, Lesley – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2022
Easy access to the internet allows adolescents to share humor, such as memes, via social media. This quasi-experimental study investigated whether there was a difference in the number of memes comprehended on an assessment test among adolescents who were typically developing, adolescents who were deaf or hard of hearing, and adolescents with…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Humor, Comprehension, Language Impairments
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Larios, Rosalinda J.; Zetlin, Andrea; Ricci, Leila – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2022
Given the national shortage of special educators, many are entering the profession through alternative certification, assuming full responsibility for classrooms or caseloads before they are fully licensed as special education teachers. This qualitative study explores the support provided to beginning alternative certification teachers in a…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Student Attitudes, Internship Programs, Mentors
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Snyder, Robin A.; Pufpaff, Lisa A. – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2021
Education reform legislation has led to an upwelling of mandatory teacher evaluation for all elementary, middle school, and high school educators, including those who teach special education. While this reform effort aimed to improve overall teacher effectiveness and student learning outcomes, the teacher evaluation for special education is a…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Special Education Teachers, Barriers, Teacher Role
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Sisti, Mary K.; Robledo, Jodi A. – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2021
Students with moderate to severe disabilities benefit most when interdisciplinary teams collaborate to deliver individualized instruction, supports and services. This research study seeks to capture a description of education specialists' collaborative experiences working with interdisciplinary teams composed of speech language pathologists,…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Interprofessional Relationship, Teamwork, Cooperation
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Benson, Victoria K.; Wakeman, Shawnee Y.; Wood, Charles L.; Muharib, Reem – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2021
This preliminary study investigated the effects of using picture-based task analyses and an iPad to teach students with intellectual disability how to send and reply to emails. Three middle-school-aged students with intellectual disability as well as three peers without disabilities participated in this investigation. The intervention consisted of…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Students with Disabilities, Moderate Intellectual Disability
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Bordoff-Gerken, Samantha; Asaro-Saddler, Kristie – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2021
Reviews of the literature have confirmed that Social Stories™ can be an effective intervention for individuals with ASD. Recently, researchers have begun to investigate the presentation of Social Stories™ using technology, with results suggesting that Social Stories™ presented through technology are a promising avenue for practice and research. In…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Golloher, Andrea – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
Adapted shared storybook reading has been demonstrated to be effective at increasing both engagement and comprehension during shared storybook reading for elementary-aged students with exceptional needs. Research on these methods has primarily been conducted with students in self-contained elementary classrooms and has lacked evidence of…
Descriptors: Reading Aloud to Others, Inclusion, Preschool Education, Preschool Children
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Hirsch, Shanna E.; Bruhn, Allison L.; Randall, Kristina; Dunn, Michelle; Shelnut, Jill; Lloyd, John Wills – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
The majority of students with disabilities and behavioral challenges are taught in general education classrooms. Although these students may receive interventions resulting in positive behavioral changes, little is known about the collateral effects of implementing behavior intervention plans (BIP) on classroom peers with similar behavioral…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Intervention
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Butler, Jeannine M.; Nasser, Karee O. – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
This research study examined curricular and instructional approaches that help students who receive special education services meet common Illinois state standards as measured by annual state standardized testing. Despite having supportive accommodations and modifications, Illinois students who receive special education services have lagged behind…
Descriptors: Special Education, General Education, Reading Instruction, Curriculum
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Kelly, Jerae Hutchison – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
As public school student demographics continue to diversify, the employment of multicultural education pedagogy in special education becomes ever more critical. Multicultural education pedagogy supports the placement of special education pre-service teachers (SEPSTs) in culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) field placements; yet scholars…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Teacher Education Programs, Public Schools, Teaching Methods
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Scheef, Andrew R.; Thapa, Bishal; Lerum, Ellie; Poppen, Marcus I. – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
Opportunities for inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are becoming increasingly common at institutions of higher education in the United States. Although inclusive postsecondary opportunities benefit the entire campus, this may be especially true for students enrolled in teacher education…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
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Mahoney, Michael – Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 2020
Research suggests that evidence-based practices (EBPs) implemented in secondary school settings will support the academic achievement of students with specific learning needs (Scruggs, Mastropieri, Berkeley, & Graetz, 2010). In order to effectively promote the use of EBPs in general education classroom settings, secondary schools are currently…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Inclusion, Secondary Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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