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Rock, Marcia L.; Spooner, Fred; Nagro, Sarah; Vasquez, Eleazar; Dunn, Cari; Leko, Melinda; Luckner, John; Bausch, Margaret; Donehower, Claire; Jones, Jennie L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2016
Contemporary challenges confronting special education teachers include, in part, workload, role ambiguity, evaluation, and shortages. Based on these and other challenges, the piece-meal fragmented approach to pre- and in-service training, which exists currently, needs to be replaced with 21st century models of special education teacher development…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Faculty Development, Disabilities, Change Agents
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Browder, Diane M.; Jimenez, Bree Ann; Mims, Pamela J.; Knight, Victoria F.; Spooner, Fred; Lee, Angel; Flowers, Claudia – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
The "What Works Clearinghouse" guidelines for high-quality professional development were used to develop a Tell, Show, Try, and Apply (TSTA) method of training. This method was used to train teachers to align instruction to grade-level content for students with severe developmental disabilities. A total of 193 teachers of students who…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Professional Development, Developmental Disabilities, Autism
Jordan, LuAnn; Smith, Sean; Dillon, Ann S.; Algozzine, Bob; Beattie, John; Spooner, Fred; Fisher, Ashlee L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2004
Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) create concerns in public education and in teacher education programs. Because of continuous advances in technology, distance learning is a viable option for delivering coursework to preservice and inservice teacher education students challenged by geography, time…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Special Education Teachers, Public Education, Online Courses
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Spooner, Fred; Spooner, Melba; Algozzine, Bob; Jordan, LuAnn – Teacher Education and Special Education, 1998
Addresses the promises, practices, and pitfalls of distance education for training additional special-education teachers. A table summarizes current distance-learning practices broken down into use of either asynchronous technology or synchronous technology. Advantages (such as fewer teachers reaching more students and low cost instruction) and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Educational Technology
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Spooner, Fred – Teacher Education and Special Education, 1996
Reflects on the differing viewpoints in previous articles addressing the preparation of special education teachers. Discusses the need for the special education field to continue to use effective instructional strategies and share them with general education change agents to better the lives of all children. (CR)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Spooner, Fred; Johnson, Lawrence – Teacher Education and Special Education, 1996
This introductory article to the issue, which focuses on the preparation of special education teachers, discusses the different perspectives of winners of the Teacher Education Division Publication Award. Evaluates whether special education departments should work with general education in teacher preparation. Provides list of winners and their…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement
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Spooner, Fred – Teacher Education and Special Education, 1996
Discusses the difficulties in attracting and preparing special educators in the area of severe disabilities. A University of North Carolina at Charlotte program that uses distance learning to prepare special educators to work with students with severe disabilities is described, along with the benefits of distance learning. (CR)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Effectiveness, Severe Disabilities