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Becoming a special education teacher: Journey or maze?

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Abstract:

This paper discusses the beginning steps of the author as a special education teacher in a large Southwest public school district in the US. The author discusses his first year of experience in a large US middle school as an inclusion teacher by using self-reflective practice in the form of excerpts from his learning journal to become aware and understand the complexities of becoming a special education teacher. The metaphor of the maze is introduced and used as the lens through which the author experienced his becoming a special education teacher and how the metaphor of the maze dominates the professional growth and identity of the author in the field of special education.

Keywords: learning journals; metaphor; professional growth; reflective practice; reflective writing; teacher’s professional development

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2011.590344

Affiliations: Department of Education,Alfred University, New York, USA

Publication date: 2011-08-01

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