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Dukes, Charles; Darling, Sharon M.; Doan, Kim – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
In this introduction to the special issue on evolving changes in our field, we have intentionally chosen to use the power of a vastly different metaphor to promote deep reflection. Specifically, we will introduce the notion of selection pressures and its impact on an evolutionary process, illustrating how special education teacher education has…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Special Education Teachers, Special Education, Educational Change
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Freeman, Jennifer; Simonsen, Brandi; Briere, Donald E.; MacSuga-Gage, Ashley S. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Effective classroom management skills are essential for teachers. Unfortunately, many teachers do not receive adequate classroom management training prior to beginning their teaching careers and feel unprepared for the demands of managing student behaviors in their classrooms. In this article, we describe (a) the number of states with state policy…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Accreditation (Institutions), Classroom Techniques, State Policy
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Cornelius, Kyena E.; Nagro, Sarah A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Performance feedback is commonly used during field experiences to improve desired teaching behaviors in preservice teachers. The authors identify eight single-subject studies examining the effects of performance feedback in preservice teachers to determine the evidence base for this practice. These eight studies are reviewed using quality…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Feedback (Response), Performance Based Assessment, Evidence
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Rock, Marcia L.; Schumacker, Randall E.; Gregg, Madeleine; Howard, Pamela W.; Gable, Robert A.; Zigmond, Naomi – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
In this study, using mixed methods, we investigated the longer term effects of eCoaching through advanced online bug-in-ear (BIE) technology. Quantitative data on five dependent variables were extracted from 14 participants' electronically archived video files at three points in time--Spring 1 (i.e., baseline, which was the first semester of…
Descriptors: Special Education, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Feedback (Response)
Naraian, Srikala; Surabian, Mark – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Even as research continues to suggest the potential of assistive technology for improving student outcomes, it remains under-utilized in schools. Among numerous challenges to the effective utilization of assistive technology, research has suggested that educators are inadequately prepared to consider and implement the use of such technologies. In…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Individualized Education Programs, Educational Legislation
Brown, Phillip; Stephenson, Jennifer; Carter, Mark – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Over the last decade, the obligation of general and special educators to utilize evidence-based instructional practices has become more prominent. Research increasingly suggests the failure of didactic teacher training alone to ensure implementation with fidelity of these practices by teachers in their classrooms. Multicomponent training (MCT)…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Teaching Methods, Special Education Teachers, Best Practices
Driver, Melissa K.; Pullen, Paige C.; Kennedy, Michael J.; Williams, Mira Cole; Ely, Emily – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Teacher understanding of phonological awareness (PA) and how to teach PA is related to student outcomes; however, many teachers have an inadequate understanding of PA. The purpose of this study is to describe an intervention intended to improve preservice teachers' understanding of PA, using an example of instructional technology called Content…
Descriptors: Phonological Awareness, Preservice Teachers, Educational Technology, Reading Instruction
Ploessl, Donna M.; Rock, Marcia L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Although co-teaching has become a popular approach to special education service provision in inclusive classrooms, practitioners have struggled to carry it out well. One suggestion for improvement has been to provide co-teachers with training that includes coaching. In this study, we used single-case (ABAB) withdrawal design, to investigate the…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Coaching (Performance), Educational Technology, Faculty Development
Klehm, Mary – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
Many students with disabilities (SWD) are not meeting proficiency, and achievement scores disaggregated by disability status show that SWD are often not meeting progress targets established by states. A survey was developed to collect data from 218 general and special educators to analyze trends in teachers' attitudes and practices that may be…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Special Education Teachers, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Teaching Methods
Hill, Doris Adams; Flores, Margaret M.; Kearley, Regina F. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
The authors supervised and trained pre-service teachers while conducting extended school year (ESY) services for pre-kindergarten and elementary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Each classroom was responsible for conducting communication assessments and developing interventions focused on…
Descriptors: Extended School Year, Preservice Teachers, Kindergarten, Elementary School Students
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Sayeski, Kristin L.; Higgins, Kyle – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
As one component of a program improvement grant provided by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEPs), the authors' teacher preparation program (TPP) underwent substantial program redesign. In this article, the authors provide a detailed overview of the process they undertook to revamp their program based on the fundamental question,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Improvement, Educational Change
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Dunst, Carl J.; Bruder, Mary Beth – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
This paper includes results from a study that examined the relationships between teacher discipline, type of teaching degree, and teacher feelings of preparedness and the self-efficacy beliefs (competence and confidence) of early intervention and preschool teachers with regard to either natural environment or inclusion practices. The participants…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Self Efficacy, Preschool Teachers, Special Education Teachers
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Dieker, Lisa; Wienke, Wilfred; Straub, Carrie; Finnegan, Lisa – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
In this article, the authors provide a summary of the current techniques being used to recruit, retain, and support a diverse range of scholars, including students with disabilities, in a doctoral program. The manuscript provides a summary of the current need for leadership personnel who are scholars with knowledge in special education, general…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Leadership
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Dieker, Lisa A.; Rodriguez, Jacqueline A.; Lignugaris/Kraft, Benjamin; Hynes, Michael C.; Hughes, Charles E. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
The future of virtual environments is evident in many fields but is just emerging in the field of teacher education. In this article, the authors provide a summary of the evolution of simulation in the field of teacher education and three factors that need to be considered as these environments further develop. The authors provide a specific…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Virtual Classrooms, Simulated Environment, Electronic Learning
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Lee, Changnam; Picanco, Kathryn E. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2013
The purpose of this article is to examine and analyze current instructional practices in relation to the phases of learning so that K-12 teachers can use those practices effectively to accommodate students' diverse needs in learning. In the analysis, the authors focus on the proper uses of instructional methods to maximize students' learning…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Individualized Instruction, Educational Change, Learning Theories
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