Jessica Toste, associate professor in the Department of Special Education, served as a guest editor along with Elizabeth Talbott, professor at William and Mary University, and Michelle Cumming, associate professor at Florida International University of a special issue of Exceptional Children, Volume 89(4).
“Twenty years ago, the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research established a task force to identify quality indicators for conducting research and using research as evidence for effective practices in special education. This resulted in four guidance articles that were published as special issue of Exceptional Children. These articles have gone on to be extremely influential in the field, used in training future special education researchers and in evaluating both research proposals and reports,” said Dr. Toste.
Dr. Toste and her colleagues expanded the new issue to seven articles, representing a broader array of research methods that foreshadow how research methods will continue to evolve, especially in deepening understanding of equity and open science practices.
In addition to being a guest editor, Dr. Toste wrote an article with Jessica Logan, associate professor at Vanderbilt University, Karrie Shogren, professor at the University of Kansas, and Brian Boyd, professor at the University of North Carolina about the next generation of quality indicators for group design research in special education.