The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) continues to build and support numerous educational research projects that vary across disciplines spearheaded by the Mason faculty members. Our goal is to increase evidence based instructional and behavioral strategies to improve academic outcomes for all students with disabilities.
Project STEM UP
Self-Regulation of Science Learning in the Context of Educational Game Creation: A Study of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities (National Science Foundation REAL #1420448). This broadening participation research project will contribute to foundational knowledge about how middle school students with learning disabilities can better learn science as they learn to create educational computer games.
"Stepping-Up Technology Implementation" project titled "Project WeGotIt!: Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers – Teachers Integrating Technology" is sponsored by the US Department of Education. This project is lead by Dr. Anna Evmenova and Dr. Kelley Regan in collaboration with Drs. Margo Mastropieri, Michael Behrmann, and Sheri Berkeley.
Project WeGotIT! Writing Efficiently with Graphic Organizers – Teachers Integrating Technology aims to improve essay writing for struggling writers with and without disabilities. WeGotIT!'s team has developed, tested, refined, and validated a variety of writing interventions in 3rd-12th grades.
Adapted Captions Through Interactive Video (ACTIV) project is aimed to develop an innovative technology-based approach based on the principles of universal design for learning that enables access and participation of students with various disabilities in appropriate challenging academic curriculum. This technology will allow enhancing existing content-based videos in any subject area with adapted and interactive features such as regular text, highlighted text, and/or picture-symbol captioning; verbal and visual cuing; interactive hyperlinks in order to search the video for answers; and built-in testing activities in various formats.
SE Faculty Seed Grants
Every year CEHD supports new or emerging interdisciplinary research projects through the seed grant initiative. Here is a list of CEHD seed grants for 2017-2018 with Special Education faculties.
Helen A. Kellar Institute faculty and staff embrace new technologies as they emerge and make every effort to make content accessible across a range of different formats and devices. Our app development team is in the process of launching several new apps for people with disabilities, service providers and professionals working in the field of special education.