Integrating global content into special education teacher preparation programs

Joy F. Xin, Amy L. Accardo, Midge Shuff, Mary Cormier, Diane Doorman

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Globalization affects many aspects of our lives in the 21st century and requires us to adopt an international perspective. For this study, global content was integrated into one course of an undergraduate special education teacher education program. A total of 118 teacher candidates were enrolled in the course over two semesters. A pre–post test design was used with the comparison group following the traditional course syllabus and the intervention group following an enhanced syllabus that included enriched global content delivered via course instruction and class discussions. Teacher candidates’ perceptions of their global competence were compared using a survey. In addition, global learning outcomes were assessed using a rubric to evaluate a lesson plan assignment. Results demonstrated that the candidates in the intervention group scored significantly higher than those in the comparison group. The findings were consistent across both semesters. Implications for integrating global content in teacher education programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalTeacher Education and Special Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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