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ENHP Faculty Member Receives International Research Award

Posted 12/08/2017
Category: Accolades

Sarah Hart, assistant professor of special education, has been awarded the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research 2018 Student Research Award. Hart’s work examines the transition out of school for students with disabilities in New Zealand. Through this student research awards program, the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research recognizes high-quality research conducted during doctoral study. This was the first time the international organization awarded a study conducted outside the US.

Hart received the award in the qualitative design category for her research titled “Possibilities for a Transition with Dignity: Silos and Trialling in Aotearoa New Zealand.” The paper’s abstract reads:

  • Transition out of school is more than an administrative procedure, biological life stage, or public policy issue. Achievement of community engagement in post-school life is challenging, particularly for those with significant disability. Findings from this 6-month ethnographic study confirm the existence of these challenges within Aotearoa New Zealand, through the emergent findings of silos, or breakdowns in collaboration while trialling post-school options. Analysis of three in-depth cases is theoretically framed by the capability approach (Nussbaum, 2006; Sen, 1985) to construct a possibility-based study. Therein, the personal perspectives of those least often heard within their own transition and research on the topic are foregrounded. Their experiences are re-envisioned to propose a transition with dignity.

The CEC Division for Research (CEC-DR) is a division of The Council for Exceptional Children devoted to the advancement of research related to the education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. The goals of CEC-DR include the promotion of equal partnership with practitioners in designing, conducting, and interpreting research in special education. To learn more visit: