Overview of Interests
Dr. Knight's research addresses several related areas with the overall goal of improving the quality of life for students in grades K-12 who have significant disabilities (students with intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and a particular interest in students with autism spectrum disorders; ASD). She has focused on how students with significant disabilities can benefit from having access to, and be meaningfully included in the content area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Inquiry-based teaching in STEM is a particularly promising approach for increasing academic, social, and communication skills of students with ASD and related disabilities. Second, she has evaluated how innovative instructional technologies can be used in schools to promote access to core content, and to assist in daily living skills (e.g., transition). Third, Dr. Knight has evaluated evidence-based practices in the field as they pertain to teaching academics to students with significant disabilities, the effects of training special education teachers to use EBPs in core content areas, and the impact of those trainings on student outcomes.
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