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ERIC Number: EJ712959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
The Play's the Thing
Learning Disability Quarterly, v28 n2 p93 Spr 2005
The modern special education theater in the United States has hosted many plays, none with a larger or more diverse cast than the learning disabilities (LD) play. During the prologue, the children with LD were waiting in the wings, not yet identified as LD but there, nonetheless. With the advent of compulsory education in this country, awareness of and concern for these children grew. This article reflects the personal and professional journey and perceptions of the author as a young student, professor emerita at the University of Oregon, and a consultant in special education law. Her vantage point from which to observe and participate in LD in the 1960s was that of close association with Kirk, her doctoral advisor, and Engelmann, the creator of direct instruction, the highly effective pedagogy. Then, in the early '70s law school called, where she hoped to find tools to persuade schools to adopt proven, available teaching methods and materials. Now, 30 years later, it appears that hope may be realized through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2001) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (1997, 2004) (IDEA), as both compel attention to the research base for the services.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Educational History, Compulsory Education
The Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 4014, Leesburg, VA 20177. Web site: http://www.cldinternational.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001