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Maheady, Larry – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
This article was developed from an earlier invitation to discuss what it was like to teach at a comprehensive arts and science college with a large teacher education program while also trying to conduct and publish applied research. Were there any particular tricks to getting things done that could be handed down to younger professionals working…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Education Programs, Research Needs, Agenda Setting
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Knackstedt, Kimberly M.; Leko, Melinda M.; Siuty, Molly Baustien – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In this study, the authors present findings from a survey of 577 secondary special educators in a large Midwestern state regarding their reading pre-service and in-service teacher preparation and its effect on teachers' sense of preparedness for teaching reading to adolescents with disabilities. Six models were fitted using multinomial logistic…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Legislation, Regression (Statistics), Teacher Attitudes
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Pearl, Cynthia E.; Vasquez, Eleazar, III.; Marino, Matthew T.; Wienke, Wilfred; Donehower, Claire; Gourwitz, Jillian; Rosenberg, Michael S.; Duerr, Sunny R. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The purpose of this study was to provide content validation for quality indicators included in an observation instrument developed to evaluate classrooms serving students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A panel of 103 subject-matter experts consisting of a mixture of field personnel (n = 64; 59 classroom teachers, five school administrators)…
Descriptors: Content Validity, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Inclusion
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Siuty, Molly Baustien; Leko, Melinda M.; Knackstedt, Kimberly M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Teachers make numerous decisions each day, yet processes undergirding these decisions are elusive and have not been the subject of many in-depth investigations within special education. The purpose of this qualitative investigation, therefore, was to complete a micro-level analysis of the influence of curriculum on 11 middle school teachers'…
Descriptors: Role, Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Decision Making
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Scheeler, Mary Catherine; Morano, Stephanie; Lee, David L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In today's autistic-support classrooms, paraeducators are tasked with working with our neediest students yet report that they are unprepared for their roles despite attempts at training. The special education teachers who are tasked with coaching and supervising several paraeducators at a time in their classrooms report that they too are…
Descriptors: Autism, Feedback (Response), Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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van Garderen, Delinda; Scheuermann, Amy; Poch, Apryl; Murray, Mary M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The use of visual representations (VRs) in mathematics is a strongly recommended practice in special education. Although recommended, little is known about special educators' knowledge of and instructional emphasis about VRs. Therefore, in this study, the authors examined special educators' own knowledge of and their instructional emphasis with…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Visual Aids, Mathematics Instruction
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Moore, Brooke A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
The development of cultural awareness in educators ensures that culturally and linguistically diverse students receive culturally responsive practices. Because special educators already advocate for their exceptional students, they are well suited to advocate for cultural responsiveness in their schools as well. The purpose of this article is to…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Student Diversity, Special Education Teachers, Advocacy
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Orosco, Michael J.; Abdulrahim, Naheed A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Educator preparation in comprehension strategy instruction (CSI) is essential to meeting the needs of English learners (ELs) in contemporary schools. This article provides teacher educators and professional developers with concrete examples of practices to prepare classroom teachers in comprehensive strategy instruction, based on an experimental…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teacher Competencies, Comprehension, Teaching Methods
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Tran, Le M.; Patton, James R.; Brohammer, Margene – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone for documenting the appropriate education being provided to students who qualify for special education and related services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. A growing group of students with a disability are students who are culturally and linguistically diverse and…
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities, Student Diversity, Teacher Competencies
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Hoover, John J.; Soltero-Gonz├ílez, Lucinda – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Special educators assume an essential leadership role in school-wide multilayered instructional systems for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse learners with and without disabilities, including learners at risk of being inappropriately referred for special education. Research findings from a model demonstration project are presented…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Culturally Relevant Education, Disabilities, Primary Education
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Ortiz, Alba A.; Robertson, Phyllis M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Competencies needed by teachers who provide language and literacy instruction to English learners (ELs), including bilingual education, English as a second language, general education, and special education teachers, are outlined. The competencies suggest a shared knowledge base all teachers of ELs must have to provide linguistically and…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Disabilities, Reading Difficulties, Teacher Competencies
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Cavazos, Linda; Linan-Thompson, Sylvia; Ortiz, Alba – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
This mixed methods descriptive study examined the effects of job-embedded professional development (JEPD) in reading on the content knowledge and instructional practice of teachers of English learners (ELs). Four first-grade teachers of ELs at one urban elementary school received JEPD over the course of a year. Results of pre- and posttests of…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Faculty Development, English Language Learners, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Lembke, Erica S.; McMaster, Kristen L.; Smith, R. Alex; Allen, Abigail; Brandes, Dana; Wagner, Kyle – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Few teachers receive adequate preparation to provide effective individualized instruction for children with intensive early writing needs. In this article, the authors describe an attempt to close this learning gap, by developing Data-Based Instruction-Tools, Learning, and Collaborative Support (DBI-TLC), a comprehensive professional development…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Individualized Instruction, Writing Instruction, Data
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Griffin, Cynthia C.; Dana, Nancy F.; Pape, Stephen J.; Algina, James; Bae, Jungah; Prosser, Sherri K.; League, Martha B. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Enhancing all students' academic performance continues to be a national priority, and although achievement gains have been made overtime, shortfalls in mathematics learning for students with disabilities (SWD) remain. Research reveals that a substantial portion of the variability in students' mathematics achievement gains is due to the teacher. To…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Elementary School Mathematics, Inclusion
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Kennedy, Michael J.; Rodgers, Wendy J.; Romig, John Elwood; Mathews, Hannah Morris; Peeples, Katherine N. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Improving inclusive middle school science teachers' vocabulary instruction is a critical step toward helping those professionals support the learning needs of all students. In this Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded project, inclusive science teachers received professional development using elements of a multimedia-based approach called…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Teachers, Vocabulary, Faculty Development
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