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A Micro-Ethnographic Approach: Investigating Classroom Teachers’ Knowledge of Students with Special Needs
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2020, Pages: 1-5
Received: Nov. 19, 2019; Accepted: Jan. 31, 2020; Published: Feb. 28, 2020
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Julie Lamb-Milligan, College of Education & Behavioral Science, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, United States
Gwen Neal, College of Education & Behavioral Science, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, United States
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Classroom teachers are vital stakeholders in the ultimate success of programs for children with special needs. These teachers are responsible for recognizing individual learning needs and referring those students for services. In most instances, classroom teachers are responsible for assisting specialists with planning and making modifications in the regular classroom to accommodate the learning needs of diverse learners. This manuscript addresses concerns related to the lack of classroom teachers’ knowledge regarding learning disabilities and giftedness when there is a lack of training and support offered to them. It also addresses many positive effects and results when classroom teachers are involved in staff development and collaborative efforts which heighten their awareness and knowledge of special needs. Educating classroom teachers, regarding special education or gifted education, is the responsibility of administrators or specialists who oversee programs. This review of literature and use of micro-ethnographic methodology to examine 59 classroom teacher interviews provides evidence and suggestions for raising awareness among specialists in gifted and special education as they prepare to assist other educators with referrals and accommodations for children with diverse learning needs.
Gifted, Inservice, Perceptions of Classroom Teachers, Referral, Special Services, Staff Development
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Julie Lamb-Milligan, Gwen Neal, A Micro-Ethnographic Approach: Investigating Classroom Teachers’ Knowledge of Students with Special Needs, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 1, 2020, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.pbs.20200901.11
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