Do secondary pre-service teachers have what it takes to educate learners with special educational needs?

Redmond, Petrea and Lock, Jennifer (2017) Do secondary pre-service teachers have what it takes to educate learners with special educational needs? In: 28th Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE 2017), 5-9 March 2017, Austin, Texas, United States.

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Abstract

This case study shares secondary pre-service teachers’ concerns about teaching students with special educational needs within mainstream classrooms. Many pre-service teachers are fearful that they do not have what it takes to provide the best learning and teaching experiences for students with special educational needs. In this study, an online community comprised of pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and teacher educators explored contemporary teaching and learning practices for students who have special educational needs. An analysis of the online posts exposed that the pre-service teachers: 1) had limited realization of the diversity of learners in secondary classrooms; 2) demonstrated a positive attitude towards inclusivity; 3) used literature to support claims; 4) presented an appreciation of learning with and from each other within an online community; and 5) made explicit references to their personal learning during their participation in the online community.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2017 02:52
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: special education, special educational needs, pre-service teachers, Australian regional university, inclusion, online discussion
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30994

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