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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
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Hunt, Jessica H.; Powell, Selma; Little, Mary E.; Mike, Alyson – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2013
There is a critical need to mentor novice special education teachers to meet the current and projected teacher shortages. However, due to the various skill-levels of beginning special education teachers in schools and the small number of current special educators in each school who could serve as mentors, there is difficulty finding…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
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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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Jones, Melissa L. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2009
With the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (2001), the Council for Exceptional Children's Content Standards for Beginning Special Education Teachers (2002), and the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004), the research to practice gap in special education has garnered increased attention.…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers
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Leblanc, Lise; Richardson, Warnie; Burns, Kimberly A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2009
The authors examine the influence of autism training sessions on a group of beginning teachers. The results of the study indicate that even a limited amount of professional development and/or training, strategically placed within the confines of a teacher training program, can both significantly increase participants' perceptions and knowledge of…
Descriptors: Autism, Training, Beginning Teachers, Anxiety
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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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Gehrke, Rebecca Swanson; Murri, Nancy – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2006
This mixed methods study gathered information about the experiences of beginning special education teachers, their systems of support, and their intent to continue their careers in the field. Individual open-ended interviews were conducted with 8 first and second year special education teachers to obtain their perceptions of their first year of…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, Likert Scales, Special Education Teachers
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White, Marlene; Mason, Christine Y. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2006
Much of the research on mentoring has been either case study in nature or conducted with general educators. To understand the impact of mentoring for special educators, a consensus document prescribing guidelines for mentoring was developed and used across 7 national sites with 244 new teachers and 253 mentors. Results from the new teacher and…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Surveys, Special Education Teachers, Beginning Teachers
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Whitaker, Susan D. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2003
This study surveyed 156 special education teachers in South Carolina after their first year of teaching. Teachers reported they received less assistance than needed in all areas, especially in learning special education policies, procedures, and paperwork; materials and resources; and curriculum and instruction. They reported receiving the most…
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education