Educational Outcomes for Students with Special Needs: The Impact of Support and Resources on Teachers’ Perceptions

Traci Y. Sharpe
Director of Exceptional Child Education for Taylor County Schools in Campbellsville, Kentucky

Abstract

This article defines a theoretical framework for reviewing factors that affect a teacher’s self-efficacy as they work to impact the educational outcomes for students with special needs.  Bandura’s Social-Cognitive Theory is utilized on the basis that one’s belief in his ability to be effective has a direct impact on his effectiveness.  This information will contribute greatly to the field of education and the work of administrators who seek answers for increasing teachers’ self-efficacy as society continues to move toward the inclusion of those with disabilities.

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