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Mueller, Tracy Gershwin; Vick, Anna Moriarity – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
There is limited research about effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting practices that promote family-professional collaboration. One emerging practice, the Facilitated IEP (FIEP) meeting, has recently gained national attention for its team-based approach. In this study, the authors interview 32 FIEP participants about their…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Individualized Education Programs, Meetings, Teamwork
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Bateman, David F. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
The purpose of this article is to examine the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The authors first briefly examine the definition of FAPE in the IDEA. Second, they delve into the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in "Board of Education v. Rowley" and "Endrew…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Public Education, Educational Legislation, Disabilities
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Fink Chorzempa, Barbara; Smith, Michael D.; Sileo, Jane M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Within their teacher preparation courses and field experiences, preservice teachers are introduced to numerous instructional practices, not all of which are considered research-based. For this reason, instruction in how to evaluate the effectiveness of one's practices is essential, but it is often a lacking component of initial certification…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Preservice Teachers
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Mueller, Tracy Gershwin; Massafra, Aimee; Robinson, Jason; Peterson, Lori – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2019
Research about Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting outcomes indicates special educators are unprepared and uncertain about practices designed to encourage meaningful IEP team participation. In response to these challenges, we crafted a simulated IEP (SIEP) project for preservice special education teachers as part of their licensure…
Descriptors: Simulated Environment, Individualized Education Programs, Meetings, Preservice Teacher Education
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Maheady, Larry – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
This article was developed from an earlier invitation to discuss what it was like to teach at a comprehensive arts and science college with a large teacher education program while also trying to conduct and publish applied research. Were there any particular tricks to getting things done that could be handed down to younger professionals working…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Education Programs, Research Needs, Agenda Setting
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Knackstedt, Kimberly M.; Leko, Melinda M.; Siuty, Molly Baustien – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In this study, the authors present findings from a survey of 577 secondary special educators in a large Midwestern state regarding their reading pre-service and in-service teacher preparation and its effect on teachers' sense of preparedness for teaching reading to adolescents with disabilities. Six models were fitted using multinomial logistic…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Legislation, Regression (Statistics), Teacher Attitudes
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Siuty, Molly Baustien; Leko, Melinda M.; Knackstedt, Kimberly M. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Teachers make numerous decisions each day, yet processes undergirding these decisions are elusive and have not been the subject of many in-depth investigations within special education. The purpose of this qualitative investigation, therefore, was to complete a micro-level analysis of the influence of curriculum on 11 middle school teachers'…
Descriptors: Role, Curriculum, Teacher Attitudes, Decision Making
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Juarez, Sara Werner; Purper, Cammy – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
In the past decade and a half, measurable outcomes of teacher performance and student achievement have moved to the forefront of education policy. Researchers have identified a gap in special education teacher preparation research and have called for the re-envisioning of current educational models, emphasizing a focus on effective methods in…
Descriptors: Models, Teaching Methods, Outcomes of Education, Special Education Teachers
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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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Lawson, Janelle E.; Cruz, Rebecca A. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2018
Classroom observations are an integral component of teacher evaluation systems, but little is known about who is best qualified to observe and evaluate special educators, who have a specialized skillset, and whether observation instruments adequately reflect their instructional practices. In this study, 19 special education teachers in California…
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Special Education Teachers
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Nagro, Sarah A.; deBettencourt, Laurie U.; Rosenberg, Michael S.; Carran, Deborah T.; Weiss, Margaret P. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Internships are central to teacher preparation, but many novice teachers do not feel such student teaching experiences prepared them for teaching realities. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to understand the effects of guiding teacher candidates through common video-recording and self-reflection activities during student teaching…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Skills, Teacher Education
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Weiss, Margaret P.; Pellegrino, Anthony; Brigham, Frederick J. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Collaboration among professionals is a vital component for successful inclusion of students with disabilities. In many cases, teacher preparation programs assume that teacher candidates know how to collaborate without explicit instruction or authentic practice and, therefore, omit coursework on collaboration. Alternatively, some programs may…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Inclusion, Disabilities, Teacher Education Programs
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Dawson, Melanie Rees; Lignugaris/Kraft, Benjamin – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Novice teachers need to develop foundation teaching skills to effectively address student behavior and academics in the classroom. The TLE TeachLivE™ simulation laboratory (TLE) is a virtual classroom used to supplement traditional didactic instruction and field experiences in teacher preparation programs. In this study, repeated practice and…
Descriptors: Teaching Skills, Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Preservice Teachers
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Blanton, Linda P.; Boveda, Mildred; Munoz, Lorena R.; Pugach, Marleen C. – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
Initial licensure polices in special education were examined to determine how these policies support or hinder reform efforts to develop teacher education programs that prepare graduates for the increasingly complex needs of diverse students. Initial special education licensure policies are described with an emphasis on the differences across…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teacher Certification, Educational Change, Teacher Education Programs
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Sanz-Cervera, Pilar; Fernández-Andrés, María-Inmaculada; Pastor-Cerezuela, Gemma; Tárraga-Mínguez, Raúl – Teacher Education and Special Education, 2017
The inclusive education framework and the increase in autism diagnoses have led to an overwhelming challenge for pre-service teachers who need to be qualified to teach all children. To test the quality of their training, the main purpose of this study was to compare 866 pre-service teachers' knowledge, misconceptions, and gaps about autism in…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Misconceptions
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