News Release| Doctoral Student Scholar; Cal State L.A.


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Cal State L.A.’s doctoral student obtains
special education research

Osipova’s research focuses on foreign-language learning

among adolescents with learning disabilities

Picture of CSULA student Anna Osipova.

Los Angeles, CA --

Cal State L.A.’s doctoral student

Anna Osipova

of South Pasadena was recently selected by the
Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Research (CEC-DR)
through a national competition to participate in the 2010-2011 cohort of
Doctoral Student Scholars in Special Education Research.

Nominated by CSULA Professor and Faculty Adviser Diane Haager, Osipova—along
with only nine other CEC-DR Doctoral Student Scholars—will
participate in an online seminar and discussion series designed to
foster connections among students at different universities and
contribute to raising the standard of research in the field through
sustained inquiry into the question, “What makes for excellence in
special education research?”

Seminars will be led by noted scholars recognized for making outstanding
contributions to the field. The culminating seminar will be held at
CEC’s national conference in Maryland’s National Harbor in April 2011.

Osipova said, “This award holds so much meaning to me. I am honored,
excited and humbled. I can’t wait for the seminars to begin, as I am
thrilled to be able to work closely with the top well-established
scholars in the field as well as the new upcoming generation of the
special education scholars. I know that I will learn so much from
participation in the cohort of doctoral student scholars, and the
knowledge that I will gain will make my special education research and
practice even more meaningful.”

“I am proud to represent CSULA and the Division of Special Education and
Counseling. I feel that this award validates all the mentorship and
nurture that my adviser, Diane Haager, and the faculty of the division
have given me,” she added.

Osipova is a doctoral candidate in the CSULA-UCLA Joint Doctoral Program
in Special Education. The focus of her thesis and research is “Paradigm
of Success in Foreign Language Learning for Adolescents with Learning

my doctoral research, I plan to investigate the paradigm of successful
foreign language instruction for adolescent students with learning
disabilities (LD) in inclusive foreign language classrooms in public
schools,” explained Osipova.
At the moment, more
than 90 percent of secondary students with LD take their foreign
language classes in general education settings; however, many of them
drop their foreign language classes within the first year of studies.
The cycle of struggle-discouragement-drop out continues the past trends
of exclusion of students with LD from foreign language classrooms in
particular and from general education in general. This prevents
adolescents with LD from obtaining crucial linguistic and social skills,
which limits their college choices and success in job competition. I
seek to establish effective ways to support these students in a
challenging environment that places a great demand on their language
skills, study skills and social skills.”

Addressing the opportunity to be a student of the CSULA-UCLA joint
doctoral program, Osipova said, “I consider myself exceptionally lucky.
Having the luxury of working with the best scholars in the fields of
special education, education, language studies and psychology, as well
as getting an excellent training in research methods

empowers and inspires me. I feel that the program allows me to apply the
fresh theoretical knowledge that I gain daily to the real-life practice
of teachers and students in public schools. This program bridges
research and practice and brings forth the best in both domains.”

Osipova, along with Professor Haager, is currently developing a
collaborative model of ongoing professional development and support for
special-education teachers that involves up-front professional
development sessions, monthly cohort meetings for collaborative lesson
planning, and ongoing coaching using video self-reflection techniques.

For the past year and a half, Osipova has served as the editorial
assistant for the CEC Division of Learning Disabilities journal,
Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
, under the directorship
of the co-editors, Haager and Christine Espin. Osipova received her
bachelor’s and first master's degree in education and linguistics from
The Russian State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, and
her second master’s degree in Special Education from CSULA.

In a nomination letter, Haager wrote: “I believe that Anna is an
outstanding candidate for the CEC-DR doctoral scholars program. Not only
has she demonstrated excellence in her coursework, but she has also
shown a strong commitment to research in special education. Her
background in applied linguistics has strengthened her knowledge base
and allowed her to branch out into the areas of reading and language
development as applied to students with learning disabilities. She is an
exemplary scholar.”

The CEC-DR is devoted to the advancement of research related to the
education of individuals with disabilities and/or who are gifted. The
goals of CEC-DR include the promotion of equal partnership with
practitioners in designing, conducting and interpreting research in
special education. For more information, see the website:

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