2022 SECD Research Roundup - George Toman
George Toman, a Special Education Ph.D. student, shares about what made him interested in pursuing his doctorate and his interest in improving professional development opportunities to better benefit special education teachers.
icon search Searchable Transcript
Toggle between list and paragraph view.
[00:00:00.000]So, my background is
[00:00:01.434]I am a school psychologist by training.
[00:00:05.839]I worked in schools and
[00:00:07.774]and actually got lucky enough to work
[00:00:09.209]with the state office for a little bit.
[00:00:10.944]So, the research has always interested me because
[00:00:15.415]there, there's the component of
[00:00:16.616]doing the research but also interpreting it,
[00:00:18.518]and then how to make it practical.
[00:00:19.853]So, for me,
[00:00:20.954]I kind of like being the middle guy.
[00:00:23.790]as the researchers are doing their thing,
[00:00:26.526]to have someone that's able to implement and understand
[00:00:28.728]kind of what's going on.
[00:00:30.096]And be able to also signify between
[00:00:32.866]good research and maybe not so good.
[00:00:34.434]Because there's a lot of stuff out there
[00:00:35.602]and you have to parse that out and
[00:00:37.404]for a lot of people that's not
[00:00:38.538]something you think of when you think of research.
[00:00:39.873]It's just like,
[00:00:40.440]oh, you just assume that there's
[00:00:41.708]you know, a lot of quality there.
[00:00:43.476]So for me, kind of my
[00:00:44.878]my biggest piece
[00:00:45.779]was I wanted to learn how to do it,
[00:00:47.113]more than what I already knew,
[00:00:49.549]become kind of an expert
[00:00:50.583]at the craft and then
[00:00:52.752]really help practitioners
[00:00:54.687]learn how to use some of the material
[00:00:56.723]that we find in research that's really good and
[00:00:58.858]get it to our students,
[00:00:59.759]which in my mind is
[00:01:00.560]is a big reason why I'm here.
[00:01:02.295]Yeah, so I'm really fascinated with
[00:01:04.064]how we could help teachers
[00:01:06.599]be better problem solvers,
[00:01:07.867]be better decision makers
[00:01:09.135]um in a very adaptive, complex world.
[00:01:13.073]I say that to begin
[00:01:14.240]because really my
[00:01:15.708]focus area's really looking at
[00:01:16.943]how can we build
[00:01:20.346]to help teachers best, um,
[00:01:23.049]and then also at the same time,
[00:01:24.284]what do the teachers need
[00:01:25.185]in order to carry out their
[00:01:26.553]their duties in schools?
[00:01:28.922]you know, there's so many things that a
[00:01:30.390]special education teacher
[00:01:31.825]and an administrator they have to do
[00:01:34.327]that it's really hard to kind of
[00:01:36.229]maybe parse that out.
[00:01:38.064]if there's ways that we can find
[00:01:40.433]good, concrete ways to help
[00:01:41.935]special education teachers not only
[00:01:43.403]access good learning, but also
[00:01:45.705]help them progress in the field,
[00:01:47.440]I think it's going to help us with
[00:01:48.975]our recruitment and retention
[00:01:51.010]issues and all those other kinds of things inherent
[00:01:52.846]within the field right now.
Log in to post comments