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Showing posts with label SpecEd. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Neuroscience and special education: NASDE brief report

This brief report from NASDE can be found here (double click on image to enlarge)

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Math minds

Interesting post over at the ENL blog.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Cognitive assessment and RtI: Excellent overview by Brad Hale

Kudos to Brad Hale for his well written explanation "Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents and Practitioners" at Wrightslaw. The article provides an excellent overview of RtI (Response to Intervention) and the use of cognitive/neuropsychological assessment during the Tier III component of RtI models.

Readers who want to consult the article Brad references (Hale et al., 2006), which is the primary foundation for his thoughts on the use of cognitive/neuropsychological assessment in an RtI framework, can find a copy (along with guest blog comments by John Garruto) by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

IQ's Corner Book Nook reviews 2-20-08

A new issue of PsycCRITIQUES is available online.

February 20, 2008
Volume 53, Issue 8

Book Reviews
1. Listening to Battered Women: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice
Authors: Lisa A. Goodman and Deborah Epstein
Reviewer: Linda Rubin

2. A History of Modern Experimental Psychology: From James and Wundt to Cognitive Science
Author: George Mandler
Reviewer: Susana Urbina

3. “It's Being Done”: Academic Success in Unexpected Schools
Author: Karin Chenoweth
Reviewer: Susan Catapano

4. Creations of the Mind: Theories of Artifacts and Their Representation
Authors: Eric Margolis and Stephen Laurence (Eds.)
Reviewer: William A. Adams

5. Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
Authors: Dana S. Dunn, Randolph A. Smith, and Bernard C. Beins (Eds.)
Reviewer: David S. Kreiner

6. Communicating Gender Diversity: A Critical Approach
Authors: Victoria Pruin DeFrancisco and Catherine Helen Palczewski
Reviewer: Patricia M. Berliner

7. Suicide in Schizophrenia
Authors: Roberto Tatarelli, Maurizio Pompili, and Paolo Girardi (Eds.)
Reviewer: Gitry Heydebrand

8. Passions and Tempers: A History of the Humours
Author: Noga Arikha
Reviewer: Simon Boag

9. Treating Gambling Problems
Authors: William G. McCown and William A. Howatt
Reviewer: Leslie M. Lothstein

10. Homo Domesticus: Notes From a Same-Sex Marriage
Author: David Valdes Greenwood
Reviewer: Julio Rique

11. Humanising Psychiatry and Mental Health Care: The Challenge of the Person-Centred Approach
Author: Rachel Freeth
Reviewer: Nancy L. Murdock

12. Drinking and Sobriety Among the Lakota Sioux
Author: Beatrice Medicine
Reviewer: Matthew Taylor

13. Handbook of Cognitive-Behavior Group Therapy With Children and Adolescents: Specific Settings and Presenting Problems
Authors: Ray W. Christner, Jessica L. Stewart, and Arthur Freeman (Eds.)
Reviewer: Rosemary Flanagan

14. Childhood Autism: A Clinician's Guide to Early Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment
Authors: Jennifer Hillman and Stephen Snyder
Reviewer: Brooke Ingersoll

15. Marking Short Lives: Constructing and Sharing Rituals Following Pregnancy Loss
Author: Ewan R. Kelly
Reviewer: Michele Hoffnung

Film Review
16. Walk the Talk
Director: Matthew Allen
Reviewer: Kathleen E. Cook

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CHC cognitive-achievement correlates meta-analysis project

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I'm pleased to announce the Cattell - Horn - Carroll (CHC) Cognitive Abilities-Achievement Meta-Analysis project. This is a work "in progress". The purpose of this project is to systematically synthesize the key Cattell-Horn- Carroll (CHC) theory of cognitive abilities designed research studies that have investigated the relations between broad and narrow CHC abilities and school achievement.

The current results of this project can be accessed via a clickable MindMap visual-graphic navigational tool (similar to the image above...but "active" and "dyanamic") or via the more traditional web page outline navigational method. You can toggle back and forth between the different navigation methods via the options in the upper right hand corner of the respective home web page.

Feedback is appreciated. I request that feedback be funneled to either the CHC and/or NASP professional listservs, mechanisms that provide for a more dynamic give-and-take exchange of ideas, thoughts, reactions, criticisms, suggestions, etc.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

CHC cognitive abilities and reading research

In preparation for a NASP 2008 workshop I'm doing with Barb Wendling and Barb Read, I've been completing a select review of key CHC organized and non-CHC organized research dealing with the relations between cognitive abilities (using the CHC theory lens) and reading and math achievement.

I just posted a copy of the reading summary...which is a "work in progress." It currently is "up" on the web in the form of a relatively large visual-graphic mind map that will require extra navigation via your mouse. But, if you start in the upper right hand corner (with the "Overview-Read First" branch) you should understand the gist of this resource.

This will be updated as the workshop approaches. Below is a summary of the workshop from the NASP web page.

Workshop 51: Using CHC Theory to Link Assessment to Interventions

Kevin S. McGrew, PhD, Institute for Applied Psychometrics, St. Joseph, MN; Barbara J. Wendling, BJ Consulting, Dallas, TX; Barbara G. Read, Department of Defense Schools, Okinawa, Japan

  • Sponsored by Riverside Publishing Company and the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation
  • Saturday, February 9, 2008, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • This workshop will help school psychologists use the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of cognitive abilities to link cognitive and achievement test results to a variety of targeted, evidence-based instructional interventions. Although CHC theory can be applied to the interpretation of any broad-based cognitive or achievement battery, workshop examples and case studies primarily use the Woodcock-Johnson III. The CHC broad and narrow abilities test, and underlying cognitive processes that are required for task performance on the WJ III, provide cues to related interventions for improving performance in key areas of academic functioning, or they may be used as the basis for requesting educational accommodations.
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Beyond IQ: Update on forthcoming MACM model (Jan 2 instead?)

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Last week I announced the forthcoming "Beyond IQ: A Model of Academic Competence and Motivation (MACM) project post. To give a "hint" at the content and scope of this post regarding the MACM proposal, I'd like to draw readers attention to an excellent recent article by Byrnes and Miller (2007) in the journal Contemporary Educational Psychology.

My forthcoming MACM model post is concerned with addressing contemporary calls for a more comprehensive school learning aptitude model/framework. The "opportunity-propensity" model of school achievement of Byrnes and Miller is an excellent example of a similar (and more ambitious) attempt to provide a large heuristic framework (represented in the visual model above) from which to understand school learning. According to Byrnes and Miller, their model is grounded, in part, on the following:

  • "As any comprehensive handbook of educational research illustrates (e.g., Alexander & Winne, 2006), the field of educational psychology is subdivided into distinct research areas such as motivation, instruction, reading achievement, math achievement, and so on. Scholars who specialize in one of these areas tend not to specialize in others. In addition, researchers within each of these areas often focus on specific components of some predictor of achievement (e.g., motivational goals) to the exclusion of other components of that same predictor (e.g., motivational attributions), and also rarely include constructs from other research areas in their studies (e.g., domain-specific skills and aptitudes). Because the problem of student achievement is so complex, it makes sense that various subgroups of researchers would try to make this problem initially more tractable by examining individual or small sets of factors in their studies of achievement. Indeed, much has been learned about these aspects of achievement in the process. However, the continued tendency to focus on a limited number of predictors within each study of achievement has led to two related problems. One is that scientists and policy makers do not have a sense of how all of the various pieces of the achievement puzzle fit together. A second problem is that the relative importance of various predictors is still largely unknown because researchers have not typically included adequate controls in their studies." (p. 599- 600).
I couldn't agree more. The Byrnes and Miller model is an attempt, in the spirit of the "educational productivity" modeling work of Wahlberg and colleagues, to articulate a complete model of school learning.

My forthcoming MACM proposal is less ambitious and deals primarily with the non-cognitive ability portions of these larger models. In the Byrnes and Miller model, and in accordance with the spirit of the late Richard Snow, they refer to these learner characteristics as "propensities". As they stated in their article:

  • Propensity factors, in contrast, are any factors that relate to the ability or willingness to learn content once it has been exposed or presented in particular contexts. Thus, cognitive factors such as intelligence, aptitude, cognitive level, and pre-existing skills would qualify, as would motivational factors such as interest, self-efficacy, values, and competence perceptions (Byrnes, 2003; Corno et al., 2002; Eccles, Wigfield, & Schiefele, 1998; Jones & Byrnes, 2006; Sternberg, Grigorenko, & Bundy, 2001). Self-regulation is a hybrid of cognitive (e.g., beliefs) and motivational (e.g., efficacy) orientations (Pintrich, 2000), so it would also qualify as a propensity factor. We further assume that when the opportunity and propensity conditions are fulfilled in an individual (i.e., they have been exposed to content in an effective manner and were willing and able to take advantage of this learning opportunity), higher achievement will follow directly. As a result, opportunity factors and propensity factors are considered to be proximal causes of achievement.
Stay tuned. I may "move up" the date of the launch of the Beyond IQ" A Model of Academic Competence and Motivation" to January 2nd.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Autism research bibliography

Over the past year there has been a steady increase in people who have contacted me to ask my opinion regarding CHC-based assessment of individuals with autism. I respond honestly ....saying that I have spent little time studying this specific developmental disability. Today I decided to run a search of my IAP Reference see what literature I might skim to "get up to speed." I was amazed at the number of references I had accumulated over the past few years (over 400). This is definitely a hot topic of contemporary research.

I've decided to make the result of my search available to others. Click here if you want to view/download/print a copy.

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Psychology book nook reviews 11-14-07

A new issue of PsycCRITIQUES is available online.

November 14, 2007
Volume 52, Issue 46

Book Reviews
1. The Psychology of Genocide, Massacres, and Extreme Violence: Why “Normal” People Come to Commit Atrocities
Author: Donald G. Dutton
Reviewer: Anthony J. Marsella

2. Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services
Authors: Patricia J. Robinson and Jeffrey T. Reiter
Reviewer: Nicholas A. Cummings

3. Social History Assessment
Author: Arlene Bowers Andrews
Reviewer: Leslie M. Lothstein

4. Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology
Author: D. Jean Clandinin (Ed.)
Reviewer: David Manier

5. Handbook of Emotion Regulation
Author: James J. Gross (Ed.)
Reviewer: Lisa M. Bauer

6. Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples' Guide to Keeping Connected
Authors: Laura E. Marshak and Fran Pollock Prezant
Reviewer: Anisha Shah

7. Understanding Personality Disorders: An Introduction
Author: Duane L. Dobbert
Reviewer: Kristin B. Webb

8. ADHD Grown Up: A Guide to Adolescent and Adult ADHD
Author: Joel L. Young
Reviewer: Marcia McCabe

9. Missing Data: A Gentle Introduction
Authors: Patrick E. McKnight, Katherine M. McKnight, Souraya Sidani, and Aurelio José Figueredo
Reviewer: Francis C. Staskon

10. Getting Help: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Self-Assessment and Treatment of Mental Health Problems
Author: Jeffrey C. Wood
Reviewer: Erica J. Gannon

11. Examinations of Criminal Responsibility: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law
Author: Richard I. Frederick, David F. Mrad, & Richart L. DeMier
Reviewer: Kimberly Kirkland

12. Brain Aging: Models, Methods, and Mechanisms
Author: David R. Riddle (Ed.)
Reviewer: Richard H. Cox

13. The Identity Trap: Saving Our Teens From Themselves
Author: Joseph Nowinski
Reviewer: F. Richard Ferraro

14. Why Is Math So Hard for Some Children? The Nature and Origins of Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Disabilities
Authors: Daniel B. Berch and Michèle M. M. Mazzocco (Eds.)
Reviewer: Stephen A. Truhon

15. Bad Religion: The Psychology of Religious Misbehavior
Author: Michael L. Klassen
Reviewer: Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

16. Tough Choices or Tough Times: The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce
Authors: National Center on Education and the Economy
Reviewer: Kathleen Sullivan Brown

Video Review
17. Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
with Martin M. Antony
Reviewer: Elaine L. Phillips

Film Review
18. Thin
Director: Lauren Greenfield
Reviewer: Randall C. Flanery

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Psychology book nook reviews 10-17-07

A new issue of PsycCRITIQUES is available online.

October 17, 2007
Volume 52, Issue 42

Book Reviews
1. The Scope of Social Psychology: Theory and Applications
Authors: Miles Hewstone, Henk A. W. Schut, John B. F. De Wit, Kees van den Bos, and Margaret S. Stroebe (Eds.)
Reviewer: Luciano L'Abate

2. Evolutionary Perspectives on Environmental Problems
Authors: Dustin J. Penn and Iver Mysterud (Eds.)
Reviewer: Harry Heft

3. Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders: A Practitioner's Guide
Author: John Smith
Reviewers: Alejandra Suarez and Douglas M. Kerr

4. Psychotropic Drug Prescriber's Survival Guide: Ethical Mental Health Treatment in the Age of Big Pharma
Authors: Steven L. Dubovsky and Amelia N. Dubovsky
Reviewer: Lisa J. Cohen

5. Overcoming Pathological Gambling: Therapist Guide
Authors: Robert Ladouceur and Stella Lachance
Reviewers: Mark S. Gold and Christopher J. Hammond

Overcoming Your Pathological Gambling: Workbook
Authors: Robert Ladouceur and Stella Lachance
Reviewers: Mark S. Gold and Christopher J. Hammond

6. The Dream Experience: A Systematic Exploration
Author: Milton Kramer
Reviewers: Mike Knight and James Vaughn

7. Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
Authors: David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost, and Gail Steketee
Reviewer: Susan H. Houston

8. Gay Conservatives: Group Consciousness and Assimilation
Author: Kenneth W. Cimino
Reviewer: Edward J. Tejirian

9. New Developments in Autism: The Future Is Today
Authors: Juan Martos Pérez, Pedro M. González, María Llorente Comí, and Carmen Nieto (Eds.)
Reviewer: Donald P. Oswald

10. The New Rational Therapy: Thinking Your Way to Serenity, Success, and Profound Happiness
Author: Elliot D. Cohen
Reviewer: Sara Dettinger Martino

11. Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror
Authors: Mary Bosworth and Jeanne Flavin (Eds.)
Reviewer: Jesus (Jesse) Aros

12. The Methamphetamine Crisis: Strategies to Save Addicts, Families, and Communities
Author: Herbert C. Covey (Ed.)
Reviewer: Itai Danovitch

13. Communication Technology and Social Change: Theory and Implications
Authors: Carolyn A. Lin and David J. Atkin (Eds.)
Reviewer: Moshe Landsman

14. Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment
Author: Claudio Cepeda
Reviewer: Timothy A. Sisemore

15. Primal Healing: Access the Incredible Power of Feelings to Improve Your Health
Author: Arthur Janov
Reviewer: Cindy Ycaza Stroschein

16. Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K–5
Authors: Joan Franklin Smutny, Sally Y. Walker, and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth
Reviewer: Janice E. Jones

Video Review
17. Integrative Family Therapy
with Jay Lebow
Reviewers: David S. Hargrove and Elizabeth M. Malone

Film Review
18. The Departed
Director: Martin Scorsese
Reviewer: Stephen P. Hampe