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David Scanlon

associate professor

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Personal Website

Campion Hall
Room 218



Ph.D., University of Arizona.


Learning disabilities; strategic teaching and learning inclusive education literacy; adolescents and adults; social implications of special education and schooling.



Boyle J & Scanlon, D. (2010). Methods and strategies for teaching students with mild disabilities, A case based approach. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Lenz, B.K., Ellis, E.S., & Scanlon, D. (1996). Teaching learning strategies to adolescents and adults with learning disabilities. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Refereed Chapters

Gallego, M.A., Duran, G.Z., & Scanlon, D.J. (1990). Interactive teaching and learning: Facilitating learning disabled students' progress from novice to expert. In J. Zutell & S. McCormick (Eds.), Literacy theory and research: Analyses from multiple paradigms: Thirty-ninth yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 311-319). Chicago: National Reading Conference.

Bos, C.S., Scanlon, D.J., & Allen, A.A. (1989). Vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension with bilingual learning disabled students. In S. McCormick & J. Zutell (Eds.),Cognitive and social perspectives for literacy research and instruction: Thirty-eighth yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 173-179). Chicago: National Reading Conference.

Refereed Journals

Boyle, J. & Scanlon, D. (2010). Methods and strategies for teaching students with mild disabilities: A case-based approach. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Scanlon, D., Cass, R., Amtzis, A., & Sideridis, G. (2009). Procedural facilitation of propositional knowledge in the content areas. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 25, 290-310.

Scanlon, D. (2009). Introduction to the issue: Tools that support literacy education. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 25, 247-249.

Scanlon, D. (2008). Contexts of transition. Remedial and Special Education, 29(3), 131-132.

Scanlon, D., Saxon, K., Cowell, M., Kenny, M. E., Guladron-Muhrib, L, & Jernigan, M. (2008). Urban adolescents' post-school aspirations and awareness. Remedial and Special Education, 29(3), 161-174.

Scanlon, D., & Lenz, B. K. (2002). Intervention practices in adult literacy education for adults with learning disabilities.Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 16, 32-49.

Bulgren, J.A., & Scanlon, D. (1997/1998). Teachers' instructional routines and learning strategies that promote understanding of content-area concepts. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 41, 292-302.

Scanlon, D., Deshler, D.D., & Schumaker, J.B. (1996). Can a strategy be taught and learned in secondary inclusive classrooms? Learning Disabilities Research and Practice11, 41-57.

Scanlon, D., Schumaker, J.B., & Deshler, D.D. (1994). Collaborative dialogues between teachers and researchers to create educational interventions: A case study. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation5, 69-76.

Scanlon, D.J., Duran, G.Z., Reyes, E.I., & Gallego, M.A. (1992). Interactive semantic mapping: An interactive approach to enhancing LD students' content area comprehension. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice,7, 142-146.

Reyes, E.I., Gallego, M.A., Duran, G.Z., & Scanlon, D.J. (1989). Integration of internal concepts and external factors: Extending the knowledge of learning disabled adolescents.Journal of Early Adolescence9, 112-124.

Invited Chapters

Gersten, R., Pugach, M., with Baker, S., & Scanlon, D. (1998). Chapter on special education research. (Manuscript in preparation for Handbook of Research on Teaching.)

Scanlon, D. (in press). Learning disabilities. In C. Radnitz (Ed.), Cognitive-behavioral Interventions for Persons with Disabilities.

Scanlon, D. (in press). The many things you need to know. [Review of Literacy programs for adults with developmental disabilities]. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Sturomski, N., Lenz, B. K., Scanlon, D., Mellard, D., & Catts, H. (in press). The National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center: Standards, criteria, procedures, and strategies for screening and teaching adults with learning disabilities. In S. Vogel, & S. Reder (Eds.) Bridging the gap: Learning disabilities, adult education, and literacy.

Scanlon, D. (1995). Social skills strategy instruction. In D.D. Deshler, E.S. Ellis, & B.K. Lenz (Eds.), Teaching adolescents with learning disabilities: Strategies and methods, second edition (pp. 369-408). Denver, CO: Love.

Educational Materials

Mellard, D., Scanlon, D., & others (1998). The Proficiency Attainment Model: A program model for adult literacy programs serving adults with mild disabilities. (Material in preparation.)

Catts, H., Lenz, B. K., Mellard, D., & Scanlon (1998). A Tool Kit for Literacy Providers Serving Adults with Learning Disabilities. (Manuscript in preparation by the Academy for Educational Development and the University of Kansas Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities.)