ERIC Number: EJ1026401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Childhood Special Education in a Refugee Resettlement Community: Challenges and Innovative Practices
Hurley, Jennifer J.; Warren, Rachel A.; Habalow, Rebecca D.; Weber, Lauren E.; Tousignant, Sarah R.
Early Child Development and Care, v184 n1 p50-62 2014
There has been a significant increase in the number of children who are culturally and linguistically diverse who qualify for early childhood special education (ECSE) services [Banerjee, R., & Guiberson, M. (2012). "Evaluating young children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds for special education services." "Young Exceptional Children", 15(1), 33-44]. The current study investigates the challenges and innovative practices in the evaluation and ECSE services for preschool aged children who are refugees. Twenty-eight early childhood educators who work in a small refugee resettlement community participated in a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews resulting in themes regarding challenges and innovative practices. Challenges include: lack of validated assessments, wait time for evaluations, different cultural perspectives and family advocacy. Innovative practices include: assessing skills not dependent on language and including caregivers in evaluations. Implications for future research and teacher preparation are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Refugees, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Barriers, Educational Practices, English Language Learners, Student Diversity, Educational Innovation, Cultural Differences, Delivery Systems, Performance Factors, Intervention, Classroom Techniques, Disability Identification, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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