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Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Wednesday, November 30 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
What have I learned from my practicum? Changes in views of teacher efficacy and concerns about inclusive education LIMITED

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The purpose of this study was to investigate how practicum experience changes the confidence levels and/or concerns that preservice general education teachers have regarding teaching students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. A total of 102 preservice teachers participated in pre-experience and post-experience surveys. Results of the study indicate that preservice teachersÆ’?? confidence levels in their ability to teach diverse types of disabilities decreased, and that they preferred to teach students with mild disabilities over students with severe disabilities. Preservice teachers show more positive attitudes about inclusive education when they had experience teaching students with disabilities in inclusive settings. In addition, various concerns such as resources and acceptance were mitigated after practicum experience with students with disabilities. The implications of the results for teacher education programs are discussed. Issues related to the results are also discussed.

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Wednesday November 30, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Grand F 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

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