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Detrich, Ronnie; Keyworth, Randy; States, Jack – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2016
Education is a public health issue. Poor educational outcomes are correlated with many health and social ills. To improve the quality of education, it will be necessary to take advantage of the leverage points of policy, evidence, and implementation science. The idea of evidence informing policy may be non-controversial, but a closer examination…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Educational Change
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McMaster, Kristen L.; Fuchs, Douglas; Fuchs, Lynn S. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2007
This article provides an overview of Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) for reading. First, specific activities and research supporting PALS for Grades 2 through 6, High School, Kindergarten, and First Grade are described. Then, research addressing the characteristics of students who have not responded to PALS, as well as approaches to…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Peer Teaching, Program Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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Collins, Kathleen M. T.; Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Sutton, Ida L. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2006
This article provides a typology of reasons for conducting mixed-methods research in special education. The mixed-methods research process is described along with the role of the rationale and purpose of study. The reasons given in the literature for utilizing mixed-methods research are explicated, and the limitations of these reason frameworks…
Descriptors: Methods Research, Investigations, Disabilities, Special Education
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Obiakor, Festus; Beachum, Floyd D.; Harris, Mateba – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
This article is a response to Fierros and Blomberg's article on "Restrictions and Race in Special Education Placements in For-Profit and Non-Profit Charter Schools in California." It compliments these scholars for confirming through their findings that ethnically diverse students with special education needs endure segregationist…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Special Education, Disabilities, Racial Discrimination
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Kamata, Akihito; Vaughn, Brandon K. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2004
This article provides a brief primer overview of Differential Item Functioning (DIF) analysis. DIF analysis investigates a differential characteristic of a test item between subpopulations of examinees and is useful in detecting possibly biased items toward a particular subpopulation. As demonstration, a dataset from a 40-item math test in a…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Testing Accommodations, Test Items, Testing Programs