iROC: Field Experience Impact on Future Educators’
Attitudes toward Disability
iROC - Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us Thursday, September 22nd when Vicki
Caruana,MSMC's Division of Education, will present
Field Experience Impact on Future Educators’
Attitudes toward Disability.
Attitudes and concerns held by teacher candidates during their
preparation are often challenged during their clinical experiences.
For those who were prepared prior to when inclusion became a
routine part of general education, a negative correlation between
experience and a sense of efficacy have been reported. Three
variables have been examined frequently: the impact of clinical
settings, the impact of other professionals, and the impact of the
teacher preparation coursework experiences. The intersection of
these three identified impacts has the power to provide rich,
meaningful, relevant, and transformative experiences for teacher
candidates as they engage with an increasingly diverse student
population. This presentation focuses on the impact of fieldwork
(clinical experiences) on the attitudes and concerns of MSMC
teacher candidates toward working with students with
Vicki Caruana is Assistant Professor of Education in the
Division of Education. Dr. Caruana gained her Ph.D. from the
University of South Florida and was a K-12 classroom teacher for
ten years working in special education and gifted education. Dr.
Caruana is the author of more than 23 books and more than 100
articles on topics of education and parenting. She has recent
academic articles published in scholarly journals such as
Preventing School Failure, The Journal of Transformative Education,
and InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching.
Field Experience Impact on Future Educators’ Attitudes
toward Disability will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218
of the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as
College Connection. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to
see you there!
For more information about this or any of the iROC
presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker,
please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan
Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services,