You will be expected to review an articles from a peer-reviewed, practice-based journal in the field of learning disabilities. The reviews should be 2-3 pages. You should also be prepared to briefly discuss your review with the class. Teaching Exceptional Children is a great example of a practice-oriented journal. These types of articles explain teaching strategies or discuss current practices for teachers. Attach a copy of the article to your review.
To pick a topic for your reviews, look at the course schedule topics list below:
- Concept of Specific Learning Disability – Is it a construct worth saving?
- Interventions for Students ADHD
- Increasing Reading Fluency
- Enhancing Reading Comprehension
- Speech Disorders
- Instruction for Students with Language Disorders
- Written Expression
- Dyslexia (Be careful with this one! The definition is not what you probably think it is!)
- Learned Helplessness
- Direct Instruction
- Emotional & Behavioral Supports for Students with LD
- Learning Strategy Development and Use
- Graphic Organizers
- Mnemonic Devices
- Response to Intervention
- Other topics by approval
Choose one topic that interest you and then search ERIC or PsychInfo using the library databases for articles in the area.
When reviewing the paper ask yourself how the topic relates to students with learning disabilities and what the implications are for students and teachers. The topic MUST be related to students with high-incidence disabilities. Do not pick a topic about students with severe disabilities autism. If you’re in doubt, clear it with one of us first.
On the day you turn in the review, be prepared to share your paper with another student or the class during a discussion at the beginning of class.