Connecting to community: what do we want in our special education graduates?

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Hughes, Stephen and De George-Walker, Linda. 2010. "Connecting to community: what do we want in our special education graduates?" Australasian Journal of Special Education. 34 (2), pp. 109-118. https://doi.org/10.1375/ajse.34.2.109
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Connecting to community: what do we want in our special education graduates?

ERA Journal ID20689
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHughes, Stephen (Author) and De George-Walker, Linda (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Special Education
Journal Citation34 (2), pp. 109-118
Number of Pages10
Year2010
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1030-0112
1833-6914
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1375/ajse.34.2.109
Web Address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/australasian-journal-of-special-education/article/connecting-to-community-what-do-we-want-in-our-special-education-graduates/224DFD70717D128D1D11681CC653F208
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With a commitment to establishing collaborative relationships with a local special education community, a consultation process was undertaken to ascertain what practicing educators considered essential special education graduate characteristics. This consultation occurred against the backdrop of broad scale university organisational restructure, faculty level program redesign, and the reported lack of an empirical basis for special education teacher attributes as distinct from general teacher education attributes. Special education professionals in a regional Australian city were invited to participate in two workshops to generate and analyse the qualities they considered essential for graduates of special education teacher preparation programs. The attributes identified by participants as essential were in agreement with many of those identified in the literature, yet behaviour support and resilience, which are typically subsumed within other categories in the literature, featured as stand alone areas in this study. The processes and outcomes described in this paper are discussed in relation to the potential value of special education teacher attributes for the field, and establishing a bridge across the perceived gap between the field and universities.

Keywordsspecial education; graduate attributes; professional community; preservice teacher education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
520102. Educational psychology
390411. Special education and disability
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