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LEARNING DISABILITIES PATHFINDER

DEFINITION: “A special education term for children who exhibit a discrepancy between their ability to achieve and their demonstrated achievement.” (American Educators Encyclopedia)

NARROW THE TOPIC:
  • Does it help or hurt children to classify them as having a learning disability?
  • Does special education for students with disabilities cost too much?
  • Should schools try to achieve “full inclusion” of students with learning disabilities in regular classrooms?
  • Are more students being diagnosed as learning disabled? Why?
  • How should learning disabled students be accommodated in testing?
  • How has the American's With Disabilities Act affected the learning disabled?
  • What are promising therapies for the learning disabled?

ONLINE CATALOG SUBJECT HEADINGS:
  • Learning disabilities
  • Learning disabled children
  • Learning disabled youth
  • Special education

SELECTED PRINT RESOURCES (REF indicates non-circulating item):

The encyclopedia of learning disabilities / Carol Turkington, Joseph R. Harris, American Bookworks.
by Turkington, Carol.
New York : Facts on File, c2006.
Call #: LC4704.5 .T86 2006
Location: Reference - 1st floor

Learning disabilities and related disorders : characteristics and teaching strategies / Janet W. Lerner with Frank Kline.
by Lerner, Janet W.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2006.
Call #: LC4704 .L48 2006
Location: Main Stacks

STATISTICS:

NINDS Learning Disabilities Information Page [http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/learningdisabilities/learningdisabilities.htm] - National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

MedLine Plus Learning Disorders [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/learningdisorders.html] - National Library of Medicine

ELECTRONIC INDEXES:
  • Academic Search Premier
  • ProQuest Research Library
  • Science Reference Center
  • CINAHL with Full Text
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • MEDLINE

GOOGLE SCHOLAR: "learning disabilities" (search limited to 2000 to 2010)

SUGGESTED INTERNET SITES:

Learning Disabilities Online [http://www.ldonline.org/]
Learning Disabilities Association [http://www.ldanatl.org/]
National Center for Learning Disabilities [http://www.ld.org]

CITING YOUR SOURCES:

Avoiding Plagiarism (The Online Writing Lab OWL at Perdue University) [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/1/]

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied. (OWL)

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Maker [www.easybib.com]

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Mark Jackson,
Aug 3, 2010, 11:05 AM
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