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Hagaman, Jessica L.; Casey, Kathryn J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In the field of special education, attrition plays a major role in a persistent teacher shortage problem. Over the past few decades, researchers in general education and special education have investigated the various reasons why new teachers leave the field and ways in which they can be better supported to stay in their positions. Despite the…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility
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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Woolf, Sara B. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
Teacher performance evaluation represents a high stakes issue as evidenced by its pivotal emphasis in national and local education reform initiatives and federal policy levers. National, state, and local education leaders continue to experience unprecedented pressure to adopt standardized benchmarks to reflect and link student achievement data to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Academic Standards, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation
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Leko, Melinda M.; Kulkarni, Saili; Lin, Meng-Chuan; Smith, Shane A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
The purpose of this study was to complete an in-depth examination of the construct of teacher beliefs by investigating preservice teachers' beliefs about reading instruction for students with disabilities. Interview and artifact data were collected for 11 preservice teachers during a 10-month period. Dimensions of beliefs investigated were…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Disabilities, Reading Instruction
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Murphy, Michelle R.; Marshall, Kathleen J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed to encourage a common focus of instruction and evaluation in the areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, writing, speaking, and listening. As of 2011, all but five states have adopted CCSS for math and English Language Arts (ELA), with another adopting only the standards for ELA. With…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, State Standards, Focus Groups
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Weiss, Margaret P.; Pellegrino, Anthony; Regan, Kelley; Mann, Linda – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
Given the current climate of accountability, teachers must collaborate across disciplines to meet the diverse needs of students. Few, however, are prepared to collaborate in school settings upon completing teacher preparation programs. In this article, a participatory action research study undertaken by teacher educators who approached the lack of…
Descriptors: Teacher Educators, Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Education Programs
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McCray, Erica D. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
In this article, the author details the findings of a study of completers during their last semester of a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program in special education. The purpose of this multiple-case study was to understand how the extent to which the program was implemented, the participants' background and career trajectories, and the…
Descriptors: Masters Degrees, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Case Studies
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Montrosse, Bianca Elizabeth; Young, Christopher J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
Since 1988, researchers have monitored the extent and severity of the chronic special education (SE) faculty shortage. The present study sought to add to this knowledge base by (a) gathering data on the supply and demand of leadership personnel in SE since the "2001 Faculty Shortage Study"; (b) combining and comparing these data with other sources…
Descriptors: Evidence, Supply and Demand, Doctoral Programs, Labor Market
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Neeper, Lance S.; Dymond, Stacy K. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
The purpose of this study was to describe the use of service-learning (SL) by special education faculty at 4-year colleges and universities across the United States, and to determine faculty attitudes and beliefs about the application of SL in special education. Participants included faculty with experience in SL teaching and/or research in…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Special Education Teachers, Higher Education, College Faculty
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Smith, Deborah Deutsch; Truong, Anthony; Watson, Roxanne; Hartley, Melissa D.; Robb, Susan Mortorff; Gilmore, Robert – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2011
Three studies are described in this article. Each is focused on a different aspect of the long-standing initiative that supports special education doctoral students. This initiative is one of the discretionary programs of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act that is managed by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Public Agencies
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McKenzie, Robert G. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2009
The degree to which special educators serve in a meaningful collaborative capacity in inclusive classrooms has come under scrutiny, and hence, the quality of collaboration training afforded requires examination.This article describes the results of a survey conducted with 53 undergraduate pre-service special education training programs…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Public Schools, General Education, Cooperation
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LePage, Pamela; Nielsen, Shelley; Fearn, Emilene J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2008
When graduate students enter special education programs, they arrive with dispositional knowledge that can assist or hinder them in their professional development. Over the course of two years, the researchers in this study assessed the dispositions of beginning teachers in a special education program at a west coast state university. The…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Beginning Teachers, Special Education Teachers
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McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Daniel, Patricia L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2008
General education and special education teacher candidates lack experience in collaborating with each other as colleagues; however, upon graduating and entering their own classrooms, most are expected to know how to provide services to students with disabilities in the general classroom. This study describes the efforts of two professors, one in…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Experience, Preservice Teacher Education
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Lava, Valerie F.; Recchia, Susan L.; Giovacco-Johnson, Tricia – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2004
Twenty-five recent graduates of a Master's Program in Early Childhood Special Education participated in focus group interviews designed to explore their perceptions and experiences regarding their first years of practice in urban schools. Findings revealed that participants faced many challenges including collaboration with colleagues, seeking…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Focus Groups, Special Needs Students, Teacher Qualifications
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Kolar, Christine; Dickson, Shirley V. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2002
Seeking to strengthen preparation of preservice general educators for the realities of inclusive school settings, two special education teacher educators from different universities used content-based structured reflective log writing as an integral course requirement. Faced with teaching intensive course content within a limited time frame, the…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Educators, Qualitative Research