Successful Collaboration: Four Essential Traits of Effective Special Education

Eccleston, Stuart T.
May 2010
Journal of the International Association of Special Education;Spring2010, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p40
Academic Journal
Successful inclusion is directly related to collaboration success between the special education specialist and the general classroom teacher. The role of the special educator has undergone steady change ever since students with exceptionalities were intentionally included in regular classrooms. This role now requires effective collaborative skills. There are four essential traits special educators need to develop if they are to successfully collaborate. They are thoughtful of self-understanding; knowledgeable of policies and best teaching practices; compassionate in attitude; and have well developed leadership qualities. These four traits are explained in relation to special education specialists. Practitioners are guided to identify their own areas of strength and need through an exercise in reflective practice.


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