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Love, Hailey R.; Horn, Eva; An, Zhe – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Making data-based decisions is a pervasive expectation for educators and is linked to improved outcomes for students. Observational data collection for progress monitoring, in particular, can help educators track and support students' progress toward individualized educational goals in inclusive settings. Yet, many educators struggle with data…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Data Collection, Observation, Early Childhood Teachers
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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Fults, Rachel Marie; Harry, Beth – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012
Family-centered care and responsiveness to diversity are issues of great import for early childhood special education teachers. Nevertheless, the research for these related areas is divided throughout the field. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a master's-level course designed to integrate instruction in family-centered…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Young Children, Attitude Change, Special Education Teachers
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Recchia, Susan L.; Puig, Victoria I. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2011
Preparing teachers to meet the needs of children with disabilities remains a complex challenge. General education teachers feel unprepared, and attrition and teacher shortages in special education remain high. Despite a trend toward inclusive education, many children continue to be educated in segregated settings. This study explores the potential…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Inclusion, Disabilities, Field Experience Programs
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O'Brian, Mary; Stoner, Julia; Appel, Kelli; House, Jennifer J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2007
This study examined perspectives of field experiences among preservice teachers and their cooperating teachers because of debate in the politically charged atmosphere of No Child Left Behind regarding teacher preparation programs. Nine pairs of preservice and cooperating teachers were observed and interviewed over the course of a semester to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Federal Legislation, Field Experience Programs
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Miller, Patricia S.; Stayton, Vicki D. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2006
Interdisciplinary teaming has been described as the pivotal component of blended, interdisciplinary teacher preparation for early childhood. A survey was conducted as a second national examination of the practices of faculty teams in blended teacher preparation programs. A time intensive search using diverse mechanisms and sources led to the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Spencer, Karin; Freund, Maxine; Browne, Barbara – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2006
Through case-writing pedagogy, an approach to case-method instruction, early intervention-early childhood leadership students examined interdisciplinary perspectives, reflected, and integrated new content. Students explored leadership theories and researched current issues and trends in early childhood mental health as they engaged in a collegial,…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Course Evaluation, Mental Health, Teaching Methods
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Lava, Valerie F.; Recchia, Susan L.; Giovacco-Johnson, Tricia – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2004
Twenty-five recent graduates of a Master's Program in Early Childhood Special Education participated in focus group interviews designed to explore their perceptions and experiences regarding their first years of practice in urban schools. Findings revealed that participants faced many challenges including collaboration with colleagues, seeking…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Focus Groups, Special Needs Students, Teacher Qualifications
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Able-Boone, Harriet; Harrison, Melody F.; West, Tracey – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2002
Successful inclusion of very young children with disabilities in natural environments requires professionals to have specialized skills including: collaboration with the child's parents and caregivers and other professionals, ecologically valid assessment of the child within the context of his or her natural environment, and the design of an…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Program Descriptions, Inclusive Schools, Caregivers