What Should Special Education Preservice Teachers Know about Assistive and Instructional Technology? Voices from the Field and Implications for Teacher Preparation
Wednesday, March 20 4:45 PM-5:15 PM
This paper shares the expectations and perspectives of assistive technology (AT) professionals, including AT specialists and special education teachers. The paper reports findings of a study conducted to examine how a teacher preparation program can prepare teacher candidates in the area of assistive and instructional technology. Six AT specialists working in different special education cooperatives and three special education teachers working with students with high- and low-incidence disabilities were surveyed and interviewed. The study yielded rich data suggestive of trends, problems, as well as opportunities pertaining to use of AT for students with disabilities. The results have strong and clear implications for what and how to prepare special education teacher candidates in growing their competence in AT and IT which will be discussed in the paper.