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A study of equity consciousness among special education faculty

The current statistics in California show that our school system is inherently failing to support students who come from diverse backgrounds, and then are identified for special education. Special education has the critical role of being able to support all students within their classrooms. Currently, there are approximately 720,000 students being served in special education in California, of that 74% identify as culturally or linguistically diverse. The purpose of this study was to identify the perceptions of teacher educators regarding the what new special education teachers need to know, be able to do and have disposition towards to ensure equity within their classrooms. The study took place at PTU, a public university within the CSU system. All of the participants were teacher educators working at PTU. The findings from this study will add to the current limited body of research regarding special education and equity.

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