Jeff Gordon Defends Dissertation
Nov. 24, 2015 - Congratulations to Jeff Gordon on successfully defending his dissertation. He is pictured (on right) with Glen White, his doctoral program advisor and director of the RTC/IL.
The title of Gordon's dissertation is "Pilot Testing an Online and Face-to-Face Self-Advocacy Skills Training Program for Negotiating ADA Classroom Accommodations." For this single-subject, multiple baseline study, he pilot tested the online Access to Success self-advocacy skills training program, which was created by an earlier RTC/IL research project on ADA accommodations training.
The goal of Gordon's research was to determine at what level the online tutorial was effective and what was needed to increase a student's negotiation skills to mastery level if the online tutorial was not effective.
He found that the online tutorial effectively increased the students' knowledge about their rights and responsibilities regarding accommodations, but was only moderately effective in terms of their mastery of negotiation skills. Three of the four students needed the face-to-face training to increase their negotiation skill level to mastery. Data also suggests the students maintained and generalized their negotiation skills one month after the training.