CEC membership worthwhile?

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  1. Bored of Ed

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    Discuss :)

    I was particularly interested in the Division for Learning Disabilities, but their website seems a little sparse, with a lot of the public areas saying things like "more material coming soon!" which makes me wonder if there's really worthwhile material available in the member areas or if it's the same underdeveloped story.
     
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    not really

    In my opinion, it wasn't that helpful. You can sign up for the CEC Smartbrief, a feed for special ed news and research which is sent to your email address for free on a weekly basis. I've let my membership lapse, but I like the news feed.
     
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    Yes, I'm already a member of the newsfeed. Thanks! I was thinking about the journals and the LD-specific journals and website content, but there isn't really any way to preview the website and the cost is pretty... costly. Sigh.
     
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    No. It's really not worth it. I usually become a member when I am job hunting as something to add to the resume.
     
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    Thanks. That's a little disappointing because in theory it sounds like a nice concept, but on the other hand I just saved something like $200...
     
  7. kevo2005

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    I disagree. I think it's very important and useful. You receive journals every quarter that have the most recent research done on topics. Once you're out of school, and in the work environment it is still important to stay on top of special education research and best practices.

    I use it all the time, especially in my dissertation research.
     
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    Very good point. My community library has excellent databases, so I can use those to stay up to date on the CEC publications and Intervention in School and Clinic.
     
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    As an alumna, I have access to the journals on my university's online database, but I'm a bit old fashioned in that I prefer flipping through paper. I don't have an unlimited budget, though, so I could theoretically just stay on top of it that way. I definitely do feel that I should be doing better at staying on top of research now that I've been out of university a few years. I'm starting to feel a bit rusty on hard research, though I do stay pretty up-to-date on what's going on through blogs, mainstream news, and the SmartBriefs.
     

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