Earlier this week, Misty-Dawn James commented on Dissertation Research Ideas?.
Do you have any suggestions on researching sub-groups of virtual high school students? Specifically, special education students. I am in the early stages of forming my dissertation questions and so far, I have found very limited research on how well these students are performing compared to their peers at traditional brick and mortar schools. What are your thoughts on this topic or suggested authors who may have articles on this topic?
Thank you a ton in advance!
I responded to her on that thread that I would post an entry to highlight her query and allow others to comment.
Right now there is a wealth of topics that could be researched, and there is very little published in this area. Right now Article Notice – Virtually Forgotten: Special Education Students in Cyber Schools is one of the few research articles on special education available. Beyond this single entry, you might just use the “special education” tag on my blog to see what else you might find.
In terms of actual publications that you might want to check out, might I recommend:
Cavanaugh, T. W. (2004). Distance learning as a form of accommodation. In C. Cavanaugh (ed.), Development and management of virtual schools: Issues and trends (pp. 84-115). Hersey, PA, Idea Group, Inc.
Crow, K. L. (2008). Four types of disabilities: Their impact on online learning. Tech Trends, 52(1), 51-55.
Grabinger, S. R, Aplin, C. & Ponnappa-Brenner, G. (2008). Supporting learners with cognitive impairments in online environments. TechTrends, 52(1), 63-69.
Keeler, C. G., & Horney, M. (2007). Online course designs: Are special needs being met? American Journal of Distance Education, 21(2), 61-75.
Keeler, C. G., Richter, J., Anderson-Inman, L., Horney, M. A., Ditson, M. (2007). Exceptional Learners: Differentiated Instruction Online. In C. Cavanaugh & R. Blomeyer (Eds.), What works in K-12 online learning (pp. 125−178). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.
Müller, E. (2010). Virtual K-12 public school programs and students with disabilities: Issues and recommendations–A policy forum proceedings document. Alexandria, VA: Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Repetto, J., Cavanaugh, C., Wayer, N., & Liu, F. (2010). Virtual high schools: Improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 11(2), 91-104.
Rose, R., & Blomeyer, R. L. (2007). Access and equity in online classes and virtual schools. Vienna, VA: North American Council for Online Learning. Retrieved from http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/NACOL_EquityAccess.pdf
Smith, S. J. & Meyen, E. L. (2003). Applications of online instruction: An overview for teachers, students with mild disabilities, and their parents. Focus on Exceptional Children. 35(6), 1-15.
Watson, J., & Gemin, B. (2008) Promising practices in online learning: Using online learning for at-risk students and credit recovery. Vienna, VA: International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Retrieved from http://www.inacol.org/research/promisingpractices/NACOL_CreditRecovery_PromisingPractices.pdf
I might also suggest looking at the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (although note the following caveat – see the bottom).