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Conference highlights graduate student research in education, health and criminal justice
Date:4/6/2011

examine educators' concepts of technology.

It's Not Everyone's IDEA: The Implications of Inaccessible Procedural Safeguards Documents

Presenter/Researcher: Megan Schneider Dinnesen, UC doctoral student.

Summary:

Under federal law, parents of children with disabilities have the right to advocate for their child. But how well do they understand the law? And are they often signing their children's rights away when they sign on a dotted line? A review of research on the subject finds that often, these documents are dense, jargon-filled and inadequate in helping parents of children with disabilities properly make decisions about their education.

Dinnesen writes that although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been in place for more than three decades, the mandates "remain largely unfunded and its promises inconsistently upheld. Congress opened the doors of public schools to children with disabilities, but they have repeatedly failed to ensure appropriate educational opportunities for these children." Dinnesen writes that if IDEA continues to place the responsibility for accountability, enforcement and advocacy on parents, then parents must be given the proper tools to understand their rights as well as the rights of their children.

Affluence and Poverty in Schooling: Examining How Characters Influence Participants' Feelings in the Game, "War Between Suburbs: How Do We Achieve Peace?"

Presenter/Researcher: Jennifer Killham, UC doctoral student.

Summary:

Killham designed a board game to inspire pre-service teachers to "play for peace." Through her work with the UC Urban Center for Social Justice, Peace Education and Research (UCSJPER), Killham designed and tested the board game, "War Between Suburbs: How Do We Achieve Peace?" Killham tested the game with dozens of undergraduates in teacher education and graduate students in educational studies to build perspectiv
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