Friday, November 10, 2017

Adrienne Woods awarded dissertation grant from AERA and NSF for research on special education


Adrienne Woods, a doctoral student in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology, was awarded a dissertation grant funded by the American Educational Research Association and the National Science Foundation for her project, Who is placed in special education? Assessing the longitudinal profiles and academic achievement of students at-risk for special education identification.

Adrienne Woods' dissertation grant explores the questions Who is placed in special education? and How does being placed in special education longitudinally affect academic outcomes, behavior, and student wellbeing? The resulting studies from these awards first identified various trajectories through the special education system, which are predicted by different combinations of child, home, and early schooling factors. The second study contextualized these trajectories within schools, where likelihood of service receipt over time is at least partially dependent on overarching school policies, student-body demographics, and available resources. Lastly, the third study of this dissertation will further explore how placement impacts academic achievement and behavioral outcomes, using propensity matching to compare outcomes among students following various trajectories of special education placement.

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