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Summer research: charter schools and disability studies


By Katryna Swartwout Ryan on August 15, 2012
Laura Jaffee '13 works on summer research.

Laura Jaffee ’13 works on summer research.

Sam Freccia is a admission fellow in the Office of Admission, and he shared the following post with me:

Laura Jaffee ’13, a psychology major and educational studies minor, has been working on an interdisciplinary research project for both of her departments this summer under the guidance of professors Mark Stern and Sheila Clonan. Her project involves researching how charter schools amplify existing inequalities in public education by excluding students with disabilities, and critically evaluating her findings from a disability studies perspective.

Furthermore, she is also assessing the efficacy of a service learning course that sought to implement inclusive practices in a creative drama program called The Oz Project. With an ongoing interest in working with people with special needs, Laura discussed the importance of “seeing people with special needs not as disabled or medically deficient, but rather what they can contribute to society.” She hopes her research will help to develop and implement practices to deal with inclusion issues.


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