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Special Education: Roles And Responsibilities In Special Education

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There are many individuals who contribute to the education of the student with special needs. Their roles and responsibilities are varied, and each play an important part in the education of the student with disabilities. In the early years of special education, individuals with disabilities were not educated in the traditional classroom. Many of the students were left at home to be taught by their parents, or, sent away to institutions if the families were unable to care for them. In addition, some were education in private schools at the cost of the families. It was not until the 1970’s that special education became acceptable in the public schools. The passing of legislation made it possible for all students to have a right to a free and public education, regardless of their disabilities. The individual with disabilities education act (IDEA) opened the door to education for all students and therefore a change in special education.
Roles and Responsibilities Within Special Education
Traditionally, special education consisted of a special education teacher and the student. Over the years, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the individual with disabilities education act (idea) opened the door to education for all students and thus a change in special education.
  • Explains the role of the special education teacher in the delivery of instruction to the student with disabilities.
  • Explains the role of the special education teacher in the classroom.
  • Explains that special education students are a diverse population and managing the curriculum, lesson planning, and individual students and their iep can be challenging for special educators.
  • Explains that a special education teacher must self-reflect and be clear on their philosophy of education. they must also identify cultural differences in their student population.

Diversity includes not only the student’s abilities, but also their learning styles and cultural backgrounds. In addition, the teacher’s educational philosophy, which is comprised of their own values, beliefs, cultural and socioeconomic background, are factors in how the diversity of the classroom is perceived and addressed. Research by Khan, Lindstrom, & Murray, stated that, “teachers’ beliefs about diversity and their varying levels of cultural competence can positively or negatively influence their ability to effectively work with culturally diverse students” (2014, p.55). When educators are aware of these differences, they are able to appropriately plan, modify and conduct meaningful

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