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The Roles and Responsibilities of Special Education Teachers

Katsafanas, Jodi D. (2007) The Roles and Responsibilities of Special Education Teachers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to describe the roles and responsibilities of 17 special education teachers and the challenges they encountered in the areas of planning, instructing, and monitoring of student progress of elementary students in 4 school districts in Western Pennsylvania. This study was conducted by collecting data through focus group discussions, written weekly logs, and personal interviews. Focus group questions regarding the teaching practices of special educators were guided by the review of the literature and the conceptual framework of this study, based in part on Duke's 1987 vision of teaching excellence in the areas of planning, instructing, and monitoring student progress. Findings revealed five challenges and impacts of the challenges they encountered in their daily work, together explaining the role dissonance experienced by many special education teachers in today's schools. Real life examples of how teachers cope with the challenges of their daily work were revealed through the stories they told in this study. The collective knowledge and experiences of these teachers stand as examples for others in their own practices.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Katsafanas, Jodi
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairZigmond, Naominaomi@pitt.eduNAOMI
Committee MemberTrovato, CharleneTrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberZimmerman, Georgegjz@pitt.eduGJZ
Committee MemberBean, Ritaritabean@pitt.eduRITABEAN
Committee MemberLyon, Stevesrlyon@pitt.eduSRLYON
Date: 29 January 2007
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 22 August 2006
Approval Date: 29 January 2007
Submission Date: 7 December 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: roles; special education; teachers
Other ID:, etd-12072006-085408
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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