Special Education and Teaching

The Mediator - Volume VIII, Issue 1 April 2011

This volume of The Mediator is dedicated to broadly missiological interests. It represents only some of the research, thinking and emphasis of the Donald Owens School of World Mission, located on the campus of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. There are many other exciting areas that capture our attention today as well. Among these is the anti-human trafficking movement and our own Step-UP Program—an educational preventative program aimed especially at out-of-school youth. There is also the cutting edge Cyber-Mission emphasis represented by a recent Cyber-Cultural E-missions Consultation held under sponsorship of DOSWM that explored both how to utilize cyber space for missions, and cyber space as a mission field in itsown right. It was led by one of our own APNTS graduates, Professor Emil Kaburuan who is completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Taiwan. There are the developments of web-radio, which was demonstrated by two of our APNTS students,and web-tv. But these are all things for a future edition of The Mediator.This volume deals with other equally interesting aspects of missiology. The lead article is mine this time. It is an article dealing with the constant change inthe practice of missions. Change has alwaysbeen a factor in missions. The difference now is the rate and scope of change. We are living in a time when change ishappening much more rapidly due largely to technological advances; change oftencan have a world-wide impact. Think of the things like the social phenomenon of FACEBOOK, which infour short years has 500,000,000 users across the generational spectrum.Robert Bickert offers a very insightful article into the urban mix of Islam and Christianity. Thisarticle was urged to have been published quite some time ago, but it is our privilege now to be able to bring it to you in the pages of The Mediator. This is a case study conducted in Sierra Leone West Africa, but it has implications in many urban settings today. We trust you will find some enduring principles that may inform your own present or future ministries.Alexander Schipp is a 2000 graduate of Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary. He givesus a short case study based in the Philippine context. We appreciate his keen insights and observations. The twin concern of missions, and indeed Christian ministryin general, is both to exegete the gospel message welland to exegete the people with whom we minister at the same time.We are publishing a summary of Jarrett Davis’s thesis about social identity of a community of people in the Philippines who are part of a church plant. This is the first time we have published such a summary. We recommend this case study to you for its fine insights into the social dynamics of people in a Christian ministry setting related to church planting methodology.

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Adequate Yearly Progress, Special Education, and Student Success: Can They All Co-Exist?

The researcher looked at the awareness and focus on Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as a key factor in establishing a school's status in accreditation particularly in reference to the performance of students in special education programs in assessments. When special education teachers were aware of how their students impact the school's status, interventions like co-teaching and collaboration and intentional teaching of test-taking skills showed significant increase results.

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