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Rooks-Ellis, Deborah L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
The Early Childhood Opportunity (EChO) Scholars project was designed to address the following significant needs in Maine: (a) prepare highly qualified early interventionists and early childhood special educators through distance education, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network, (c) provide a graduate-level early childhood…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Disabilities
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Bethune, Keri S.; Kiser, Ansley – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
There is a need for both special education teachers and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) who are trained to work in rural school settings with students with disabilities and problem behaviors. The specific challenges presented by rural communities, such as diminished access to resources and fewer community partners, can make it difficult…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Schools, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems
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Vasquez, Eleazar, III; Marino, Matthew T.; Donehower, Claire; Koch, Aaron – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
Functional analysis (FA) is an assessment procedure involving the systematic manipulation of an individual's environment to determine why a target behavior is occurring. An analog FA provides practitioners the opportunity to manipulate variables in a controlled environment and formulate a hypothesis for the function of a behavior. In previous…
Descriptors: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Virtual Classrooms, Intervention, Training
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Van Boxtel, Joanne M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2017
A call to implement 21st-century change drivers within teacher preparation is evidenced within policy and research. The use of technology-enhanced methods of supervision where virtual observations of pre-service or in-service teachers are performed by university supervisors or mentors has an established and growing research base that demonstrates…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Specialists, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Almeida, Conceicao M.; Jameson, J. Matt; Riesen, Tim; McDonnell, John – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Despite the rapid and ongoing increase in the use and availability of computers and technology in and outside of public school classrooms, there is relatively little literature that has examined preservice special education teachers' perceptions of their own computer use and self-efficacy with new technologies or how these perceptions may impact…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Self Efficacy, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education
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DeSutter, Keri L.; Lemire, Steven Dale – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Persistent shortages of special education teachers, particularly in rural areas, exist across the country. This study assessed the openness of teacher candidates enrolled in an introductory education course at two rural Midwest universities to a special education career path. Survey findings confirmed that work or volunteer experience involving…
Descriptors: Special Education, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education Teachers, Rural Areas
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Knotts, J. Dusteen; Keesey, Susan – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Developing preservice teachers with a strong understanding of culturally relevant pedagogy should be a priority for all teacher education programs. Although much focus is placed on diversity in urban areas, diverse classrooms are found in all education settings. This paper demonstrates how a rural opportunity expanded the cultural awareness and…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Areas, Cultural Awareness, Student Needs
Maheady, Larry; Magiera, Kathleen; Simmons, Rhea – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
School-university partnerships have been offered as possible solutions for many contemporary educational challenges. These relationships are generally well accepted by university and school personnel; however, unanswered questions remain regarding their nature and utility. This paper describes one teacher preparation program's efforts to…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Sustainability, Special Education
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Hoppey, David – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
This narrative illustrates a school-university partnership's attempt to prepare inclusive educators for working in inclusive classrooms. This partnership, located in a rural school located in the southeastern United States, consisted of collaboration between a variety of stakeholders, including school- and university-based educators and district…
Descriptors: Inclusion, College School Cooperation, Rural Schools, Outcomes of Education
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Miller-Warren, Vickie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Research shows that transition planning for students with disabilities is an ongoing process that requires the collaboration of students, families, and teachers to ensure a successful adult life for students after graduation (Clark, 1996; Clark & Unruh, 2010; Gil, 2007; Kellems & Morningstar, 2010). This study examined the insights of the…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Transitional Programs, Parent Attitudes, College Preparation
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Hartley, Melissa D.; Ludlow, Barbara L.; Duff, Michael C. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Many colleges and universities rely upon online programs to support distance delivery of personnel preparation programs in special education and related services. These distance education programs enable individuals who live or work in rural communities to access training programs to earn teaching certification and assist rural schools in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Learning Activities, Program Development
Schmidt, Matthew; Gage, Ashley MacSuga; Gage, Nicholas; Cox, Penny; McLeskey, James – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
This paper provides a summary of the design, development, and evaluation of a mobile distance supervision system for teacher interns in their field-based teaching experiences. Developed as part of the University of Florida's Restructuring and Improving Teacher Education 325T grant project, the prototype system streams video of teachers in rural…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Supervisory Methods, Field Experience Programs, Handheld Devices
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Ludlow, Barbara L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Virtual reality is an emerging technology that has resulted in rapid expansion in the development of virtual immersive environments for use as educational simulations in schools, colleges and universities. This article presents an overview of virtual reality, describes a number of applications currently being used by special educators for…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Technology Uses in Education, Rural Areas, Rural Schools
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Hoover, John J.; Erickson, Jennifer – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
The project setting was a remote rural county school district located in a mountain western state with some overrepresentation of English Learners (ELs) in special education. Referral issues are especially prominent in rural school systems due to continued challenges associated with limited resources and lack of contemporary professional…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Special Education, English Language Learners, Rural Schools
Anderson, Kelly; Smith, JaneDiane; Olsen, Jacob; Algozzine, Bob – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
Given the rapid growth of diversity in schools across the country, teacher educators are turning to innovative ways to redesign their programs. In this article, we describe efforts of a dual licensure program in which undergraduate teachers-in-training acquired knowledge and skills in core content, as well as evidence-based pedagogy and discipline…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Special Education, Elementary Education, Preservice Teachers
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