Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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Academic journal article Exceptional Children

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We are pleased to present this issue of Exceptional Children. The range, breadth, and depth of the articles--covering research methodology; meta-analyses; original experimental research; secondary data analyses; and topics ranging from math and reading to strategy interventions, language, and self-determination--provide a resource for the entire field of special education. We hope the field will find the entire issue informative and helpful.

Dunst conducted a meta-analysis of 26 studies implementing "Kids on the Block" or "Count Me In" puppet shows intended to improve students' attitudes toward individuals with disabilities and increase knowledge about disabilities. Variables included age, grade level, knowledge, and attitudes from 5,300 experimental and 2,600 comparison participants.

Swanson, Orosco, and Lussier tested whether intensive strategy-based instruction in problem solving influenced the math learning of students with and without math difficulties. Strategy interventions included verbal, visual, verbal plus visual, and strategy materials only, compared with controls taught in 20 lessons over 8 weeks.

Hollo, Wehby, and Oliver conducted a meta-analysis using 22 studies to examine whether language deficits exist and remain undetected in students with emotional and behavioral disorders. They examined expressive, receptive, and comprehensive language proficiency to determine whether levels were significantly below average.

Wanzek, Al Otaiba, and Petscher studied oral reading fluency development in a large sample of second graders with and without disabilities, to identify differences and predict what might account for those differences. …

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