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The Influence of A Practicum Program connected with Mentor and Supervisor Systems on Special Education Student Teachers' Performance Competencies

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2007, 8(1), pp.315-337
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Bog-seon Hwang 1 민정원 1 김계전 1

1나사렛대학교

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ABSTRACT

In order to produce competent special education teachers, the present study designed to examine the influence of a teacher training practicum program on special education student teachers' performance competencies by introducing active special education teachers as mentors within a local community and introducing supervisors within a local university. A total of 27 special education student teachers who were sophomore in a department of special education within Choongchung school district served as participants of the study.As results of our survey's data analysis, we found that (1) after the implementation of the collaborative practicum program connected with active mentors and supervisors within the local community, there were positively significant effects on special education student teachers' performance competencies including foundation knowledge related on special education, analysis of special education students' characteristics and instructional strategies, and positive learning environment support; and (2) one sub-item including abilities to maintain confidential communication about students and school related informations, did not show significant effects because the research participants rated high scores on the needs of those skills even before implementing the practicum program.In conclusion, this study discusses practical and political implications for the directions and concerns of practice-based special education teacher preparation program to establish an collaborative teacher training practicum program connected with special school mentors and university supervisors within a local community.

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