Dr. Rorie Ross explains the importance of special education research

Access to Education: A Basic Human Right with Dr. Rorie Ross

By Abdoul Amadou on Aug 15, 2018
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Access to education is a human right. Although we live in world with injustice, most people would agree that access to education is a basic right that every human being should be entitled to, no matter what physical or mental limitations they might have. Dr. Rorie Ross, a dedicated researcher and IGI Global contributor to the publication Models for Effective Service Delivery in Special Education Programs, is one of the scholar's working to advance the field of special education. In a recent interview with IGI Global, she shared her motivations to pursue research in this field and shed light on how she plans on conducting future research to keep the momentum going.

What inspired you to pursue research activities in your research area?

The field of special education is faced with so many challenges and most of the research is outdated. There is a demand for current research in so many areas of special education due the obstacles and federal mandates that impact special education programs. Given the requirement of adequate yearly progress for all students, there is now a greater demand for current research in all areas of special education including service delivery options for special needs students. My colleague and I wanted to meet that demand so the concept for this book was born from an old notebook that I kept with me for years.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

The respective areas of research that I have are important to the field at large because they impact the student body as a whole. They may speak of special education, however, all students are impacted by academic demands and fiscal spending regardless of category. All students are mandated to make adequate yearly progress and adding a recent flair to the practices that should be incorporated to ensure this progress will be embraced by everyone in the education field as a whole.

In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of your research to its community of users?

The community of users that gain access to this material will better understand disability and determine the wealth of activities that can be created to meet the factors that can hinder the progress of special needs students. The ability to have an example often times sparks the creative flow needed to address the issue.

What are the future directions of your research areas?

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The future directions of my research areas include expanding areas of inclusion from the attitudes of others and special education leaders to the students along with the belief of tolerance, using the approaches of inclusion practices through design in schools, special education finance, and behavior along with discipline in schools.

What are some other evolving research trends you have observed in your industry/field over the past several months and what would you say are some of the innovative research directions you foresee in the future? How do you feel your publication sets the pace for these innovations?

Inclusion and behavior are some evolving research trends in the field of special education. The direction that they seem to take is one of a more hands-on and activity-based trend. People want to see these research areas in action. They are looking for answers and application of the techniques that have been suggested. My publication sets the pace for this aspect of innovative effort because there are approaches that can be applied to special education programs that lay the groundwork for better practice.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

My experience with IGI Global has been great. They keep in touch with you throughout the journey and encourage additional research from you as an author. The timeline given allows you to plan your efforts to ensure that you remain on track with the editor in charge of your research. I could not ask for a greater experience.
IGI Global is grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Ross and we look forward to seeing more collaboration that will result in the publication of invaluable content like her co-authored book, Models for Effective Service Delivery in Special Education Programs. We would like to thank Dr. Ross and her co-author, Dr. Pam L. Epler, Grand Canyon University, USA, for helping IGI Global cultivate and disseminate emerging concepts and theories within the field of Special Education.
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