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Lancaster, Sean; Mellard, Daryl – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Identifying individuals with specific learning disabilities (SLD) is a complex task, particularly for adult populations. Adult agencies such as vocational rehabilitative services or adult basic education often use different SLD definitions and criteria, are often understaffed, have limited resources, and have a shortage of staff trained on SLD…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Adult Learning, Internet, Screening Tests
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Parette, Phil – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
The issue of segregation of students with disabilities across cultural groups is a function of cultural values demonstrated by charter schools and the resulting dissonance between these values and those demonstrated by families. Lack of understanding about school culture and diverse family value systems can lead to varying family responses to the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Culture, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Disabilities
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Cartledge, Gwendolyn – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Disproportionality in special education is a widespread problem for racial minorities, particularly for African and Native American students. Furthermore, special education placements for racial minority students tend to be highly restrictive and permanent. School personnel might approach this problem through a focus on prevention. That is,…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Disproportionate Representation, High Risk Students, Disabilities
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Jenkins, Amelia – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Certain minority students are over represented in special education programs nationwide. Many of these students identified for special education receive services outside of the general education classroom through the resource room (pull out) model. The Content Mastery Center (CMC) is a resource/consulting model that is an alternative to the…
Descriptors: General Education, Mild Disabilities, Minority Groups, Special Needs Students
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Algozzine, Bob – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Perhaps one of the most long-standing concerns in special education is the over-representation of some groups of children in special education. In this issue, Fierros and Blomberg report that racial/ethnic representation of special education students in charter schools mirrors that in general education populations. These findings are not new and…
Descriptors: Racial Factors, Disproportionate Representation, Ethnic Groups, Racial Discrimination
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Fierros, Edward Garcia – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
In addressing the problem of disproportionate placement of minority students with special education in charter schools, Fierros describes the commentaries of this issue's contributing scholars. The contributions expose a variety of topics to address the needs of inequities experienced by students with special needs. These topics include: the…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Charter Schools, Intervention, Disabilities
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Grant, Patrick A. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
The education of special needs students continues to show a complete disregard for the lack of appropriate services for minority groups. The over-representation of African American learners in the more restrictive placement continues. The advent of charter schools have not changed this picture, and in some cases the discrimination of minorities in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Cultural Differences, Special Education
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Watkins, Marley W. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Cognitive subtest scatter has often been considered to be diagnostically significant. The current study tested the diagnostic validity of four separate operationalizations of WISC-III subtest scatter: (a) range of verbal, performance, and full-scale subtests; (b) variance of verbal, performance, and full-scale subtests; (c) number of subtests…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Clinical Diagnosis, Test Validity, Measures (Individuals)
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Zafiropoulou, Maria; Karmba-Schina, Chryssoula – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
This study presents a psycho-educational intervention using cognitive-behavioral techniques to modify and improve thinking strategies as well as facilitate behavioral adjustment and generalization of strategy use in children with learning disabilities attending mainstream schools. One hundred and twenty Greek pupils in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade were…
Descriptors: Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Attention Control, Foreign Countries
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Fierros, Edward Garcia; Blomberg, Neil A. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Charter schools are seen as an attractive enrollment option to parents with special education students, yet there are concerns over the way special education is implemented in charter schools and the access they grant and provide to students with special needs. This study examines the condition of for-profit and non-profit charter schools in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Disabilities, Minority Groups, White Students
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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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Davis, Courtney – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
Parents of students with disabilities want the same access to educational opportunities as parents of students without disabilities. This "right" to particular services and learning environments is securely supported by federal regulations and policies in all schools, including charter schools. However, in the work of Fierros and…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Access to Education, Equal Education, Racial Discrimination
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Witzel, Bradley S. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2005
The importance of algebra instruction has increased in the United States in the past few years. Thus, in most states, middle school students are required to take Algebra 1. Middle school students with math difficulties in inclusion algebra settings may require a different instructional approach. The purpose of this research was to compare student…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Deshler, Donald D.; Lenz, B. Keith; Bulgren, Janis; Schumaker, Jean B.; Davis, Betsy; Grossen, Bonnie; Marquis, Janet – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2004
The purpose of this investigation was two-fold: (1) to gather descriptive information in the areas of salient student characteristics, level of participation in general education classes, current level of functioning, and student outcomes (e.g., GPAs, performance on state or national exams) for students with disabilities (SWDs) in high school…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Special Needs Students, Grade Point Average
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Sitlington, Patricia L.; Payne, Erin M. – Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 2004
One of the challenges to the transition to postsecondary education for students with learning disabilities is the ever-increasing gap between the assessment information that is collected at the secondary level and the demands for documentation prevalent at the postsecondary level. This article discusses the: (a) differences between secondary and…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Learning Disabilities, Special Education, Evaluation Methods
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