In their Own Words: Novice Special Education Teachers’ Experiences of Teaching Students with Disabilities

By Susan Mariano-Lapidus.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The present investigation used reflective narratives to examine the perceptions of novice special educators toward their students and to examine the levels of reflection (VanManen, 1977). Six graduate students in an alternate route teacher certification program, who were teaching in a major metropolitan setting, contributed to this study. Results were examined to assess any change in the level of reflection from the initial narrative and a re-examination of the narrative and to discover major themes that emerged in the first and second narrative. Implications for teacher preparation and student learning are discussed.

Keywords: Perceptions, Novice Teachers, Reflection, Narrative, Special Education, Attitudes

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 12, pp.259-276. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 877.829KB).

Dr. Susan Mariano-Lapidus

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Brooklyn, NY, USA

After earning a Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Columbia University in NY, Dr. Susan Mariano-Lapidus tested and employed scientifically based methods of instruction. Furthermore, Mariano-Lapidus spent several years supervising new teachers and parents of students with disabilities in the application of the science of behavior analysis in the classroom. As an assistant professor, Mariano-Lapidus continues to research various applications of applied behavior analysis, specifically the theory of Verbal Behavior, to teaching and learning.

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