I’m asking readers (both of you—teehee, there really are about 3 or 4 of you, but please invite your friends and colleagues) to tell me what you consider the three (or two or four) most important research questions about Learning Disabilities interventions. These need to be BIG IDEA questions. What do teachers and parents need to know about how to help students with LD?
Examples (in no order; I’m just hoping to provoke discussion):
- Does RTI really help prevent problems in (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) math, and (d) social-behaviorl outcomes? Does effectiveness vary by age?
- Do curricular approaches produce different benefits for students with LD?
- What procedures produce the best outcomes for students with LD when they are 25 years old?
- What specific competencies make teachers more or less successful in promoting learning by students with LD?
Please think about issues that are balanced between general and explicitly testable. This is just a little crowd sourcing inquiry. I’d like your suggestions to illustrate ideas that actually can be investigated using rigorous scientific methods. Finding the fundamental causes of LD, although an important concept, is off base for this thread. I’m hoping to talk about the fundamental actions that educators can undertake.