Connecting to community: what do we want in our special education graduates?

Hughes, Stephen and De George-Walker, Linda (2010) Connecting to community: what do we want in our special education graduates? Australasian Journal of Special Education, 34 (2). pp. 109-118. ISSN 1030-0112


With a commitment to establishing collaborative relationships with a local special education community, a consultation process was undertaken to ascertain what
practicing educators considered essential special education graduate characteristics. This consultation occurred against the backdrop of broad scale university
organisational restructure, faculty level program redesign, and the reported lack of an empirical basis for special education teacher attributes as distinct from general teacher education attributes. Special education professionals in a regional Australian city were invited to participate in two workshops to generate and analyse the qualities they considered essential for graduates of special education teacher preparation programs. The attributes identified by participants as essential were in agreement with many of those identified in the literature, yet behaviour support and resilience, which are typically subsumed within other categories in the literature, featured as stand alone areas in this study. The processes and outcomes described in this paper are discussed in relation to the potential value of special education teacher attributes for the field,and establishing a bridge across the perceived gap between the field and universities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2011 00:29
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 06:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: special education; graduate attributes; professional community; preservice teacher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1375/ajse.34.2.109

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