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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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King, Laura H.; Allen, Ayla E. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2018
Knowledge and understanding of assistive technology is important for all education majors as they prepare to serve increasingly diverse classrooms. This article provides a program description of how one rural university embedded assistive technology content and skills in both a special education plan of study, as well as in professional core…
Descriptors: Special Education, Rural Areas, Universities, Assistive Technology
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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
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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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
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
Altieri, Elizabeth M.; Colley, Kenna M.; Daniel, Leslie S.; Dickenson, Kathie W. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
In this article, teacher education faculty of a medium-size university, historically grounded in teacher preparation within a rural context, describe their ongoing work to transform their practice in order to prepare special and general educators who co-plan, co-teach, and co-assess with their counterparts in the field. Follow-up research with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Training Methods, Rural Education
Johnson, Evelyn S. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2015
The Technology Accentuated Teacher Education for Rural Specialists (TATERS) program aimed to: (a) prepare highly qualified special education teachers across a state comprised of more than 70% rural districts, (b) develop a system of support through a mentor network and institutions of higher education collaboration to address the needs of teacher…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Evidence Based Practice
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Magiera, Kathleen; Geraci, Laura M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2014
In this paper, we describe a rural school-university 22 year partnership. The partnership serves students with disabilities and students at-risk for being classified with a disability. Despite personnel changes, the undergraduate teacher candidates have consistently provided intense instruction to their assigned students. Electronic surveys were…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Rural Schools, Universities, College School Cooperation
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Grisham-Brown, Jennifer; McCormick, Katherine M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2013
The United States is becoming increasingly diverse with the largest growth in Hispanic populations. Diversity also is increasing in rural America. This diversity is reflected in the participants in early care and education programs and K-12 students. Unfortunately, demographics for college and university teacher education programs do not match…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Intervention, Partnerships in Education, Rural Areas
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Morewood, Aimee; Condo, Amy – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2012
This case study looks closely at one preservice special education teacher candidate's views on how her coursework, program requirements, and practical experiences influenced her knowledge of teaching. Her perspectives are examined through the research-based frameworks of Hanline (2010), Shulman (1986), and Cochran-Smith and Lytle (1999). These…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Case Studies
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Hager, Karen D. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
Many alternative routes to certification in special education serving rural populations incorporate distance-learning technology. Participants in these programs may feel isolated because they do not regularly travel to campus to attend courses or meet with their instructors. This article describes a strategy in which regularly scheduled individual…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Videoconferencing, Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education
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O'brien, Chris; Hartshorne, Richard; Beattie, John; Jordan, Luann – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2011
This study evaluated the effectiveness of flexible learning options at a university serving multiple geographic areas (including remote and rural areas) and age groups by teaching an introduction to special education course to three large groups of pre-teacher education majors using three modes of instruction. The university offered sections as…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Blended Learning, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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Evans, Chan; Williams, Jennifer B.; King, Laura; Metcalf, Debbie – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2010
Implementation of universal design for learning (UDL) in undergraduate special education programs offers a valuable foundation for training preservice teachers to educate K-12 students in rural schools. In this article, we provide an overview of UDL and the integration of multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression in assessment,…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Special Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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