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Head first into the deep end: A qualitative study of beginning special education teachers' experiences

Teri Lynne Walseth, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

This qualitative study employed focus groups to explore the experiences of first-year special education teachers. Each month for the first 5 months of their teaching careers, the participants attended a focus group meeting led by the researcher. Six first-year special education teachers shared their experiences and the challenges they encountered. Excessive and unfamiliar paperwork, time constraints, relations with other adults, and difficulties with students were all topics of discussion as well as the amount of support received by the beginning teachers. Recommendations regarding methods of supporting beginning teachers are provided. ^

Subject Area

Education, Special|Education, Teacher Training

Recommended Citation

Walseth, Teri Lynne, "Head first into the deep end: A qualitative study of beginning special education teachers' experiences" (2002). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3045542.
http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI3045542

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