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Among the benefits you will enjoy as a DR Member are our
publications, the advocacy that DR conducts on behalf of research
support, an annual professional program held at the CEC convention, and
opportunities to network and share your ideas with others who conduct
and use research in the education of children with
disabilities and children with gifts and talents.
In addition to periodic special publications developed or sponsored by the Division, DR members receive:
Journal of Special Education: A
journal devoted to the publication of original research and research
reviews pertaining to individuals of all ages with disabilities and/or
who are gifted. Published four times a year.
Focus on Research:
The CEC-DR newsletter, containing member opinion articles, debates on
research issues, descriptions and dates of specific projects, notices of
funded program priorities in special education, the availability of
research dollars, and the discussion of emerging issues that may affect
research in special education. Published three times a year.
Other Important Benefits
We contribute to the field
CEC-DR sponsors program strands at conferences of the special
education profession including at annual conventions of the Council for
Exceptional Children and affiliated divisions. Sessions are devoted to
research topics aimed at furthering knowledge of children and youth with
disabilities and effective practices for educating these students. At
such meetings CEC-DR members have opportunities for professional growth
and networking with colleagues who share their interests. In particular,
we support graduate students and other new researchers. Graduate
students are represented at the top levels of our division. We are
committed to helping new researchers with opportunities to present their
work at CEC-sponsored conferences and in publications. DR also makes
webinar presentations on research quality and evidence-based practices,
and publishes position papers, special issues, and articles on these and
other research topics.
We recognize exemplary contributions in the field
The Division for Research has developed a program of awards to
recognize the contributions of researchers at various stages in their
careers. DR presents the Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher
Award, the Distinguished Distinguished Early Career Research Award
and the Early Publication Award annually at the CEC national
convention. In addition, at this same event, DR honors student
researchers who are recipients of the division's Student Research Awards
for their studies using single subject, quantitative and qualitative
We advocate for the profession and for research
The Division's executive board has worked with numerous
organizations, local, state, and federal education officials, and
parents to promote research for students with disabilities. Such efforts
have included support for research into practice initiatives, in
promoting fair and appropriate funding for special education research,
and in actively sharing ideas on federally sponsored
research in the education of children with disabilities funded by the US
Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.
We stay in touch
CEC-DR has an extensive database of members to keep them abreast
of new developments in the special education research community and
opportunities for beginning researchers to present and discuss their
works. Members are contacted both through regular mail and
Low Membership Fee
DR members are also members of the Council for Exceptional Children. The dues for DR membership are:
US/Canada Dues: Regular $29 - Student $19
International Dues: $39
Apply for DR Membership at here.
For questions or more information DR membership, contact Stephen Smith, DR's Membership Chairperson.