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ERIC Number: ED488765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 204
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-7619-4850-3
Researching Learning Difficulties: A Guide for Practitioners
Porter, Jill; Lacey, Penny
SAGE Publications
The aim of this book is to provide a source for teachers and other professionals working with children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities that will enable them to: (1) access selected recent and relevant research in the field of learning difficulties, drawn from a range of disciplines and groups of people; (2) reflect on different types of research methodologies, their relative strengths, weaknesses, constraints and possibilities in relation to learning difficulties; and (3) undertake their own research in the field of learning difficulties. After a foreword and an introduction, chapter 1, Historical Perspective, takes a historical perspective on learning disabilities and on learning disability research, looking back through the twentieth century at the slowly evolving change in attitudes toward people with learning disabilities. Next, chapter 2, Research Agendas, is set firmly in the present and examines what shapes the agenda for research in learning disabilities and difficulties. Following this, chapter 3, Trends in Research, examines the trends in research, comparing publications that span a decade. Next, chapter 4, Evaluation Research, looks at broad issues of evaluation, utilizing the general literature to inform a more specific look at the challenges of evaluation in the context of learning disability services. Chapter 5, Researching Intervention, discusses more specifically the topic of evaluation in the context of instruction and intervention. Chapter 6, Participatory Research, examines the continuum of involvement from collaborative research design and dissemination to eliciting the view of those with limited communication skills. Following this, chapter 7, Small-Scale Research, is devoted to small-scale research, with the purpose of drawing together small-scale examples throughout the rest of the book, as well as a variety of other studies, to examine the value of such research. Finally, chapter 8, Looking Beyond the Discipline, aims to encourage readers and researchers to move beyond their comfort level and consider research that has been carried out in disciplines other than their own. A bibliography and an index is also included. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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