Special Needs, Qualitative Research, and a Personal Reflection: A Familial Perspective

By Connor Richardson, Carole Richardson and Warnie James Richardson.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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In this paper, three members of a family draw on their personal experiences in critically discussing, in both broad and intimate ways, the fields of special education, qualitative research, and profound developmental disability. More specifically, the essence of this particular research effort allow for the personal experiences of a daughter, in working in a respite home for youth who are profoundly intellectually and behaviorally dysfunctional, to be directly juxtaposed to those of a father and mother, whose investigative interests as professors, generally fall within the broad special educational and qualitative research domains.

Keywords: Special Education, Qualitative Research, Developmental Disability, Intellectual Dysfunction, Behavioral Dysfunction, Narrative Inquiry, Reflective Practice, Respite Services, Case History

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.113-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.993KB).

Connor Richardson

University Student, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ms. Richardson is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree with a specialization in Psychology. Her research interests intersect with her ongoing practical experience in her work with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and co-morbid behavioral dysfunctions and mental illnesses.

Dr. Carole Richardson

Associate Dean of Education, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Carole Richardson is the Associate Dean of the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Canada. Her research focuses on the importance of arts experiences in the lives of preservice teachers and the role of autobiographical and collaborative narrative inquiry in preservice education.

Dr. Warnie James Richardson

Associate Professor, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Warnie Richardson is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Special Education within the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. His doctoral work and most of his research and writing to date have focused on the life experiences of juvenile delinquents and the incredible resiliency of exceptional, at-risk, and/or marginalized adolescents. Prior to arriving at Nipissing University, he was a Special Education teacher/educational assessor for sixteen years, all in very hard-to-serve educational environments in both Canada and the Caribbean.

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