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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
Collins, Ginger G.; Goforth, Anisa N.; Ambrose, Laura M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Rural students are at risk for vocabulary underdevelopment and often have less access to educational resources. The purpose of this investigation was to examine the effectiveness of an Internet-based Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP)-teacher consultation to support rural teachers' vocabulary instruction to improve their students' lexical…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Special Education, Inferences, Rural Areas
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Jimenez, Bree A.; Mims, Pamela J.; Baker, Josh – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
With the increase in the use of online professional development resources, especially for rural educators, this study evaluated the effects of online training modules on in-service teachers' ability to collect and use instructional progress monitoring data to make instructional decisions for students with significant disability (i.e., moderate to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Disabilities, Online Courses
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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
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Lynch, Jeremy M. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Instructional leaders must be proficient in their knowledge of effective instructional strategies in order foster an environment that uses what has been identified as "best-practice" for students with disabilities. This role is critical in rural school systems where principals take on more responsibility and the ability to employ highly…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Principals, Middle School Students, Case Studies
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Rizzi, Gleides A. L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
This article provides teachers in rural settings with suggestions on how to engage classroom resource personnel (i.e., volunteers, instructional assistants) in monitoring students' achievement. The target, act, and graph (TAG) strategy offers rural special educators ways to empower classroom resource persons through training and use of the TAG…
Descriptors: Special Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Capacity Building, Empowerment
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Curtin, Kevin A.; Schweitzer, Ashley; Tuxbury, Kristen; D'Aoust, Janelle A. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Resilience is an important social justice concept that has important implications for educators working with exceptional youth in rural underserved communities who may suffer from the consequences associated with economic hardships. This multi-school qualitative study examined resilience among exceptional youth living in rural poverty through the…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Disadvantaged, Rural Areas, Qualitative Research
Hitchcock, Caryl H.; Rao, Kavita; Chang, Chuan Chinn; Yuen, Joann W. L. – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
TeenACE for Science (TAS) is a writing intervention that combines components of Multimedia Technology, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) to help students develop expository writing skills in science. This developmental study examined the effect of the TAS intervention with two groups of culturally…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Multimedia Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Intervention
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Molina, Leslie; Demchak, MaryAnn – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
If people with intellectual disability are to become truly self-determined, they must be allowed to express choice throughout their lives, including employment. Expectations for competitive employment tend to be low for this population, if considered at all (Citron et al., 2008). Theoretically, integrated employment options, including customized…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Employment Opportunities, High School Students, After School Programs
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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Flores, Margaret M.; Schweck, Kelly B.; Hinton, Vanessa – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
Language intervention using Direct Instruction (DI) has shown positive results. There is a growing body of investigation of Language for Learning (LL), a DI program, on the performance of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and students with developmental delays (DD). There is need for replication and extension of research to include…
Descriptors: Language Skills, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Rural Schools
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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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Shoulders, Tori L; Krei, Melinda Scott – Rural Special Education Quarterly, 2016
The purpose of this study was to compare the differences in rural secondary special and general education teachers' perceptions of their efficacy in teaching students in an inclusive classroom. The sample consisted of 148 rural secondary general education and 32 special education teachers. The researchers used an independent-samples t test to…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Rural Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Classroom Techniques
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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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