Mixed-Methods Research: Exploring Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of Students With Specific Learning DisabilitiesA Useful Tool in Systemic Inquiry?


The purpose of this mixed-methods research study was to explore the perceptions of pre-service teachers of students with learning disabilities. In addition, we examined the effectiveness of shifting perceptions through the use of various experiences within an undergraduate learning disabilities methods course. These activities included working with students with learning disabilities in public school classrooms, watching video vignettes of adults with learning disabilities, developing lesson plans, completing assigned readings, and participating in center-based instruction. We utilized a convergent, mixed-methods design comprising surveys, journals, and focus-group discussions to study pre-service teachers’ perceptions over the course of a 5-month semester.

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