Going Beyond Expectations: Special Education Teachers' Experiences with Student-Centered Instruction
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The research question addressed in this project is: What supports do special education teachers need to teach children with mild-to-moderate disabilities in a student-centered (and socially just) manner, and thus to lead those students to become active constructors of their own knowledge? The study was motivated by a lack of qualitative studies involving special education classrooms in the research on student-centered pedagogy. Thus, special educators teaching in a wide variety of teaching settings are interviewed about their experiences implementing authentic and student-centered learning in their classrooms in order to find ways that teachers have productively dealt with the challenge of helping students with disabilities to develop critical and creative thinking skills. Through these interviews, the researcher finds that the special educators interviewed are successful and proactive in implementing student-centered learning techniques in their classrooms, in spite of facing the challenges of initial student resistance, changing schoolwide initiatives, and time constraints.
Knox, Allyse Nicole, "Going Beyond Expectations: Special Education Teachers' Experiences with Student-Centered Instruction" (2014). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 57.
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