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Novice Special Education Teacher Identity Development

Slegal, Sarah (2023) Novice Special Education Teacher Identity Development. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The shortage of qualified special educators within the workforce historically has been limited since the need arose over 50 years ago. Adding additional factors such as an increase in the population being identified with a disability as well as fewer individuals pursuing a degree within special education, has significantly increased the shortage and need within schools today. To complicate matters further, the special education shortage is also impacted by the number of special educators leaving the field; specifically, within the first five to ten years of beginning their careers. Gersten et al. (2001) points out that the job design for special educators is complex and often educators are underprepared for the work demands they encounter.
This study focuses on the teacher preparation program design with a specific lens on opportunities within the student teaching experience for identity development. Using qualitative methods and measures, this study looks to see if increasing the exposure to different special education environments and teaching strategies (life skills, behavior, learning support, etc.) increases the impact of teacher candidate’s identity development in the inductive years.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Slegal, Sarah
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSrsic,
Committee MemberArlotta-Guerrero,
Committee MemberLeahy,
Date: 7 July 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 May 2023
Approval Date: 7 July 2023
Submission Date: 5 June 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 70
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: Teacher Preparation, Identity Development, Special Education, and Preservice Student Teachers
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 20:13
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 20:13


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