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ERIC Number: ED491578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
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Toward an Ecological Risk Assessment Framework for Special Education
Trepanier, Nathalie Sonia
Online Submission, The International Journal of Special Education v20 n1 p1-12 2005
This paper suggests a new framework for conducting research in the field of special education. This framework is inspired by the ecological risk assessment frameworks of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1995) and G.W. Suter (1993), which are primarily used in ecotoxicology and environmental toxicology. The methodology used to develop the framework is called anasynthesis which entails an iterative process comprising of analysis, synthesis, prototype and simulation steps, leading to the proposition of a model. The framework includes three phases by which an ecological risk assessment can be performed: problem formulation, measurement, and risk characterization. By outlining each of its phases, this article defines, illustrates, and explains the possible applications of an ecological risk assessment framework to the field of special education. For practical reasons, we provide an example of this first application based on persons with intellectual disabilities. Further empirical research in special education is taking shape using this framework and will be compared to the usual risk analysis techniques.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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