Academic journal article Academic Exchange Quarterly

Editorial

Academic journal article Academic Exchange Quarterly

Editorial

Article excerpt

Educating students with disabilities poses many unique challenges, not just to the public school system, but also to our nation. Professionals in the field of special education have bravely faced these challenges by creating, adapting, and implementing numerous techniques and strategies that have made a positive difference in the lives of students with disabilities. This innovative issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly focuses on effective and important research that has impacted the academic, social-emotional, and physical aspects of educating a child or adult with a disability.

We are proud to offer articles on a wide variety of topics in special education. Subjects of interest to special and general education teachers, school psychologists, adaptive physical education teachers, counselors, administrators, and teacher educators are included. Topics range from emotional intelligence and self-concept to strategy training and literacy. Preschool children, elementary, middle, and high school students, and adults in higher education are all represented.

This issue was authored by professors, school psychologists, graduate students, researchers, special education teachers, university supervisors, inclusion facilitators, and an exercise specialist who collectively represent Canada and over 22 states. The breadth of experience and depth of knowledge by these authors is evident in each of the following articles.

Service delivery options, particularly those related to inclusive environments, are much debated topics in special education. K. Sarah Hall, California State University, Northridge, and Susan Philhower, Western Illinois University, present two different, but equally engaging, efforts to restructure service delivery options for students with disabilities.

A number of articles which look at preservice training for teachers are included. Lynda Conover, Western Illinois University, discusses preservice efforts to target students who are gifted and also have learning disabilities. Wendy Murawski, California State University, Northridge, presents the need to incorporate co-teaching strategies into teacher preparation programs. Other interesting topics which fall under the heading of teacher training include emergent literacy issues, teacher attitudes, adaptations and accommodations, and the retention of effective special education teachers.

Specific subject area strategies are discussed by several authors. …

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