An interpretive inquiry into the consciousness of special educators : the search for dignity in the SPH classroom

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Virginia Zemp Keller (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Richard H. Weller

Abstract: This study explored the subjective consciousness of the author and three special education colleagues as they investigated a new role for the teacher in the instructional process. The goal was to enhance shared dignity between teachers and students in classrooms for severely and profoundly handicapped (SPH) children. The study reviewed the discrepancies which special educators perceive between their person-centered humanistic ideals and their task-oriented behavioral technology. An integrative instructional model based upon Martin Buber's concept of authentic dialogue was proposed. Through this model special educators can reconcile their philosophical and technological perspectives and enhance the sense of shared mutual dignity with their students.

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Language: English
Date: 1985
Children with disabilities $x Education
Special education teachers
Special education teachers $x Training of

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