Identifying the Gaps between Study and Practice for Trainee Teachers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Qualitative Study
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Universidad de Granada
AutismAutism spectrumDisorderTrainee teacherSpecial education
Alyaa Hemdi (2023). Identifying the Gaps between Study and Practice for Trainee Teachers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Qualitative Study.Journal for Educators, Teachers and Trainers,Vol. 14(1). 146-155[DOI: 10.47750/jett.2023.14.01.013]
Teacher preparation programmes are vital because they provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to teach academic and life skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study aims to identify the gaps between study and practice for trainee teachers who will teach students with ASD. This was achieved by examining and evaluating responses from trainee teachers in their first field experiences of working with students with ASD and understanding their perspectives regarding what they felt was missing from their college preparation before the in-field experience. A qualitative design was utilised in which semi-structured interviews were conducted with six trainee teachers from the special education department during their first field training with students with ASD. Six main themes were identified, including the first encounter with real confirmed cases, the reality of books, challenges dealing with teachers, difficulty communicating with parents, inadequate knowledge of evidence-based practices (EBP) for children with ASD, and the need for critical assessment from different parties.