Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Spotlight on CEC Special Education Research Award Recipient Mark Wolery

Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Spotlight on CEC Special Education Research Award Recipient Mark Wolery

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Over the past two decades, Mark Wolery, CEC's 2001 Research Award recipient, is regarded as being within the top echelon of researchers and scholars in the world who focus on applied issues related to special education. Dr. Wolery has been instrumental in improving instruction strategies for young children, he has led the field in the use of prompts as a specific instructional procedures, and he has made new inroads in research methodology and methods of program

Dr. Wolery's groundbreaking contributions to early childhood education have paved the way for millions of young children to advance educationally. His work includes not only procedures to instruct young children but also strategies for working with families. Of special note is Dr. Wolery's research on the development of friendship for young children. He has defined the role of same-age peers in the development of friendship and social development of young children and developed a system for including young children with disabilities in learning opportunities with same-age peers.

Dr. Wolery has also documented the valuable role of time-delay as an instructional procedure for children who have difficulty learning. Not only is time-delay an effective procedure for teaching children key environmental relationships, it is also a procedure that emphasizes learner success while limiting the need for teacher corrections. …

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