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ERIC Number: EJ1121183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Why It Is Important to Encourage Practicing Professionals to become Authors
Erin, Jane N.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v110 n6 p437-440 Nov-Dec 2016
In February of 2009, the "Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness" ("JVIB") published the first articles under the heading of Practice Perspectives. These articles featured work by three professionals who described how they taught reading to children or adults. The feature reflects the commitment of the American Foundation of the Blind (AFB) to address the interests of professionals who work daily with people who have visual impairments. Since the inception of Practice Perspectives, "JVIB" has also continued to publish Practice Reports, which describe systematic exploration of a question or issue related to practice. These last few years, it has been the good fortune of the author to be "JVIB's" associate editor for practice. In that role she has considered ways to encourage practicing professionals to become authors, so that these skilled professionals would share their insights into instructional practices that worked for them. Unlike many authors of full-length research articles, whose jobs require writing and research, practice authors write mainly because they have experiences or ideas to share with colleagues and the people they serve. In this article the author reflects on the trail that the professional field has traveled since she entered the field of visual impairment in the 1970s, why it is important to encourage practicing professionals to become authors, discusses the end of her career as the associate editor in practice, and welcomes the new editor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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