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Morfidi, Eleni; Samaras, Anastasia P. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
In this exploratory study, the authors examine Greek special education teachers' individual and collaborative teaching experiences in the context of their literacy instruction. The Five Foci Framework, situated in Vygotskian theory, is utilized in the study's design to examine special education teachers' individual and collaborative experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Experience, Teacher Collaboration
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Ruppar, Andrea; Roberts, Carly; Olson, Amy Jo – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2015
Given recent increased attention to teacher evaluation, it is imperative to understand the expertise teachers need to educate students with severe disabilities. In this grounded theory study, the authors interviewed nine special education faculty who specialize in severe disabilities about the job-related skills and qualities exhibited by expert…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Expertise, Teacher Competencies, Severe Disabilities
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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