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Metsala, Jamie L.; Harkins, Mary Jane – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2020
Teachers' self-efficacy and beliefs are important to classroom practices and student success. In this study, the authors examine preservice teachers' self-efficacy and beliefs related to inclusive education. One hundred seventy-nine preservice teachers enrolled in secondary or elementary education programs participated in this study. Overall,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Schles, Rachel Anne; Robertson, Rachel E. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Given the importance of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for improving outcomes for students with disabilities, it is key that preservice special education teachers have the opportunity to implement EBPs with high levels of fidelity during their teacher preparation program. For this reason, the authors conducted a systematic review of the…
Descriptors: Role, Feedback (Response), Evidence Based Practice, Preservice Teacher Education
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Bateman, David F. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
The purpose of this article is to examine the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The authors first briefly examine the definition of FAPE in the IDEA. Second, they delve into the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in "Board of Education v. Rowley" and "Endrew…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Public Education, Educational Legislation, Disabilities
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Strassfeld, Natasha M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
More than 40 years after passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), some special education teacher preparation programs offer limited coursework on parent involvement, advocacy, or home-school collaboration. For pre-service special education teachers and/or novice special education teachers working with students with…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Parent Participation, Preservice Teacher Education
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Bialka, Christa S.; Hansen, Nicole; Wong, Sarah Jin – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Teacher preparation programs play a seminal role in the development of prospective teachers, as they provide future educators with information regarding the rights of students with disabilities and the pedagogical means to support them in the classroom. Yet, few programs focus on how to discuss disability with students (Abernathy & Taylor,…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Competencies, Disabilities
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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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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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Lawson, Janelle E.; Firestone, Allison R. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In this study, the authors examine the impact of a community service learning course on undergraduate students' decisions to pursue careers as special education teachers or related service providers. Participants (N = 134) completed a course involving volunteer service with persons with disabilities in the local community and were surveyed as to…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Career Choice, Special Education Teachers
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Lawson, Janelle E.; Cruz, Rebecca A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Classroom observations are an integral component of teacher evaluation systems, but little is known about who is best qualified to observe and evaluate special educators, who have a specialized skillset, and whether observation instruments adequately reflect their instructional practices. In this study, 19 special education teachers in California…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers
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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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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
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
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
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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Weiss, Margaret P.; Pellegrino, Anthony; Brigham, Frederick J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Collaboration among professionals is a vital component for successful inclusion of students with disabilities. In many cases, teacher preparation programs assume that teacher candidates know how to collaborate without explicit instruction or authentic practice and, therefore, omit coursework on collaboration. Alternatively, some programs may…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Inclusion, Disabilities, Teacher Education Programs
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