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Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities

ISSN: 0735-004X
Series editor(s): Bryan G. Cook, Melody Tankersley & Timothy J. Landrum

Subject Area: Education

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ISSUES IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES


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Title:ISSUES IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES
Author(s):Thomas E Scruggs, Margo A Mastropieri
Volume:16 ISBN: 978-0-76231-029-6 eISBN: 978-1-84950-216-0
Citation:Thomas E Scruggs, Margo A Mastropieri (2003), ISSUES IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF LEARNING DISABILITIES, in (ed.) 16 (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Volume 16), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-36
DOI:10.1016/S0735-004X(03)16001-6 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:This chapter reviews problems in the identification of learning disabilities, with particular reference to issues involving discrepancy between IQ and achievement as a criterion for definition. Alternatives to present procedures for identification of learning disabilities are described. It is concluded that no presently proposed alternative meets all necessary criteria for identification of learning disabilities, and that radically altering or eliminating present conceptualizations of learning disabilities may be problematic. The major problems of identification of learning disabilities – including over-identification, variability, and specificity – can be addressed, it is suggested, by increasing specificity and consistency of state criteria and strict adherence to identification criteria on the local implementation level. However, further research in alternative methods for identifying learning disabilities is warranted.

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