The efficacy of embedding special education instruction in teacher preparation programs in the United States
TATE Volume 24, Number 8, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study examined the effects of embedding special education instruction into preservice general education assessment courses. Participants were teacher candidates in the United States enrolled in a required evaluation and measurement course (n=208). A self-report survey was developed assessing knowledge of and attitudes toward teaching students with learning disabilities. Results indicated that embedded instruction significantly increased teacher candidate's knowledge of inclusion terminology and assessment adaptations (p<.01), and improved confidence levels in meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities improved by 60% over the control group. These results suggest the need to provide faculty in the content area adequate professional development opportunities to ensure that current special education best practices are embedded across the curriculum of teacher candidates.
Brown, K.S., Welsh, L.A., Hill, K.H. & Cipko, J.P. (2008). The efficacy of embedding special education instruction in teacher preparation programs in the United States. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 24(8), 2087-2094. Elsevier Ltd.