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ERIC Number: EJ891823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
With a Little Help from My Friends (and Mark Twain Too) Musings and Farewells
Graham, Steve
Exceptional Children, v76 n4 p389-393 Sum 2010
Over the years, the author has drawn on a variety of friends, both fictional and real, to help him make specific points when writing professional papers and books for teachers, administrators, and researchers. This included Snoopy and other Peanut characters to describe how struggling writers compose; Calvin and his imaginary tiger Hobbes to introduce sound instructional principles; the producer, writers, and actors from a Star Trek film to develop an analogy for how a program of research develops and evolves over time; the work of scientists conducting dubious research to highlight concerns and issues in contemporary intervention research in special education; and the voices of professional writers throughout the ages to illustrate what is involved in skilled writing. In this farewell to the field as the editor of "Exceptional Children" from 2003 to 2010, the author calls once again on an old friend. He is one of the most influential American writers of all time: Samuel Clemens or, as people more commonly know him, Mark Twain. Graham shares the advice he drew from Mark Twain in crafting his farewell article: "when in doubt tell the truth." He mentions that one simple truth that he wanted to mention is to thank all of the people who made it possible for the journal to operate successfully. Another simple truth would be to emphasize what the articles published in the journal during his tenure tell them about the field of special education. The simple truth he decided to tell in the hope of being instructive: Way too much of the scholarship in special education is of poor quality, and it does not have to be this way. He added that for better or worse, he is an old optimist, and he believes that special education could and should provide a model for high-quality educational research--and the best of it does.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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