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Sheehey, Patricia H.; Wells, Jenny C.; Ogata, Veronica F. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
This investigation explored the interactions between paraeducators and the culturally and linguistically diverse families of their students with disabilities. Paraeducators (n = 117) attending a statewide professional development event responded to a questionnaire designed to explore their interactions with diverse parents and families. Results…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Teaching Experience, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Family School Relationship
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Garwood, Justin D.; Werts, Margaret G.; Varghese, Cheryl; Gosey, Leanne – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The researchers of this study used a mixed-methods approach to understand issues of rural special education teacher burnout. Results of survey responses (n = 64) and follow-up focus group interviews (n = 12) from rural special education teachers indicated several factors contributing to stress and burnout. Teachers noted that lack of clarity in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Teacher Role
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Cooper, Justin T.; Whitney, Todd; Lingo, Amy S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of immediately prompting a general education teacher to increase her rate of Opportunities to Respond (OTR) through bug-in-ear technology on the academic engagement of a first-grade student with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Classroom Techniques, Affective Behavior, Behavior Disorders
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Rude, Harvey; Miller, Kevin J. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
This article reviews current developments in state and national policies that affect rural special education. A brief overview of the federal role in rural education is provided, with emphasis on the implications for the provision of special education services in rural communities. A variety of challenges are identified, including (a) the variable…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education, Educational Policy, Barriers
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Sindelar, Paul T.; Pua, Daisy J.; Fisher, Tiffany; Peyton, David J.; Brownell, Mary T.; Mason-Williams, Loretta – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
In this commentary, we revisit "NCLB and the Demand for Highly Qualified Teachers: Challenges and Solutions for Rural Schools," an article we published in this journal in 2005. We consider the predictions we made then about the impact of the Highly Qualified Teacher mandate on special education teacher (SET) shortages in rural states and…
Descriptors: Teacher Supply and Demand, Rural Schools, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications
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Brownell, Mary T.; Bishop, Anne M.; Sindelar, Paul T. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Teacher shortages in special education have been a source of long-standing concern for professionals and parents involved in the education of students with disabilities. Because of their geographic location, culture, and lack of resources, rural administrators have always struggled to staff their schools with qualified special education teachers.…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Shortage
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Ault, Melinda Jones; Bausch, Margaret E.; Ackerman, Kera B. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Professionals, families, and individuals with disabilities must work together to advocate for policy and legislation that will improve the lives of those with disabilities. Rural areas have unique issues that make targeted advocacy efforts necessary. While families and parents have a personal interest in advocacy, professionals have ethical…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Disabilities, Related Services (Special Education), State Legislation
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Huscroft-D'Angelo, Jacqueline; January, Stacy-Ann A.; Duppong Hurley, Kristin L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
One strategy to improve outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families in rural settings is providing parental support. Through interviews with special education administrators and student services personnel representing several rural regions, this exploratory study sought to identify the needs of youth with…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Administrator Attitudes, Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders
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Test, David W.; Fowler, Catherine H. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Depending on which date is attributed to the birth of secondary transition, it can be considered anywhere from 27 to 57 years old. No matter which date is used, it has been a while since the field "took stock" of itself. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to (a) briefly summarize where the field of secondary transition has been;…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs, Articulation (Education)
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Yuan, Susan J.; Ryan, Susan M.; Dague, E. Bryan – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Through qualitative interviews, perspectives of parents of students who were in the first 2 years of the Think College Program at University of Vermont and Johnson State College were explored, thereby identifying expectations, academic and social aspects, and experiences of their children as college members. Previous experience of these students…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Parent Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Interviews
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Hoover, John J.; Erickson, Jennifer R.; Herron, Shelley R.; Smith, Clara E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Consideration of cultural and linguistic features is mandated by law and one of the most important contributors to the appropriate placement of diverse learners for special education services. This article describes the results of a pilot project designed to assist rural educators to deliver an equitable and unbiased assessment process for English…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Special Education, Eligibility, Pilot Projects
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Collins, Belva C.; Ludlow, Barbara L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The field of special education's focus on moderate and severe disabilities (MSD) has undergone a number of changes in the past five decades. Some have been philosophical, some based on research, some based on mandated practices through U.S. law, and some based on the development of better technologies. While pioneers in the field first established…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Severe Disabilities, Severity (of Disability), Special Education
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Barnard-Brak, Lucy; Stevens, Tara; Valenzuela, Evelyn – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
The purpose of the current study was to examine barriers, if any, reported by special education directors to providing extended school year (ESY) services. Results indicate four barriers to providing ESY services listed in order of importance by special education directors: difficulty in finding qualified personnel to work over the summer,…
Descriptors: Barriers, Special Education, Rural Education, Disabilities
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Bin Tuwaym, Sultan Turki; Berry, Ann Bassett – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Assistive technology (AT) for students with visual impairments (VI) is an essential part of their educational program. AT allows students to develop skills, engage in the academic environment, and function independently. Despite the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandate for AT as part of a student's Individualized Education…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Assistive Technology, Rural Schools, Teacher Education
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McKissick, Bethany R.; Davis, Luann Ley; Spooner, Fred; Fisher, Larry B.; Graves, Carlie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Rural special educators face unique challenges in providing high quality special education services, especially when teaching grade-aligned science content. Computer-assisted instruction (CAI) is one strategy that has the potential to address two major challenges (i.e., a lack of preservice training and limited professional development…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Teaching Methods, Intellectual Disability
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