Areas of Interest
Special Education teacher preparation
Instructional design for students with disabilities
Dr. Lignugaris/Kraft is Department Head and Professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation. He is a past-president of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) and works closely with the Utah State Office of Education on special education teacher development and special education state policies. His primary areas of research are special education teacher preparation and effective instructional strategies for students with mild/moderate disabilities. In 2002 he received the Association for Direct Instruction Excellence In Education Award. Dr. Lignugaris/Kraft has published more than 50 journal articles, book chapters and curriculum materials on teacher education and intervention research. He is a co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Special Education Teacher Preparation, Associate Editor for Education and Treatment of Children and has reviewed articles for a number of journals including The Teacher Educator, Teacher Education and Special Education, The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities, the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and the Journal of Special Education.