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Practicums help fellows scale up research paradigms

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Practicums help fellows scale up research paradigms

A key component of the LWD program is to promote a "problem-centered" or "phenomenon-centered" approach to research and design. To this end all of our IGERT Fellows have completed practicums that have been supervised by the director of the Office of Disability Services at WSU. These practicums place our Fellows in positions that involve direct engagement with people with disabilities. The goal is to help the Fellows to better appreciate the experiences of the people, rather than approaching the problems of disability from the narrow paradigmatic perspectives of any specific discipline. The hope is that students will be better able to scale up their research paradigms to the realities of people with disabilities, rather than trivializing the problems of disabilities to fit the disciplinary paradigms.