TO SPEAK AT UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD CONFERENCE
HENDERSON, TN Freed-Hardeman University special education professor Richard England has been invited to participate in the Oxford Round Table at Lincoln College in the University of Oxford March 23-28.
The conference, hosted periodically since 1989, serves to bring educators together to discuss and promote human understanding and advancement through improvements to schools and education.Participants, from schools and universities throughout the world, are selected based on nominations from previous participants, recommendations to the Round Table
directors, recognized presentations and prestigious awards, as well as proven success in a university or public school system.England
will be one of 35 participate in the March 2003 Round Table
topic, "Rethinking the Assessment of Maladaptive Behavior," will promote the need to better serve children with high levels of inappropriate behavior. "There is a need to better understand the difficulties children face," he
said."What I'm proposing is that, because children do not have parents and are deprived of the opportunity to develop good relationships with alternatives to the biological parent … the children may actually become more attached to the chaos that surrounds them."As children grow in such an environment, he
said, they are unable to identify with a traditional upbringing in which children are loved, cared for and taught how to behave.When they are suddenly removed from the "chaos," they find themselves in unfamiliar territory and react with resistance in the form of maladaptive behavior."They become attached to the chaos of the situation that surrounds them, as opposed to becoming attached to parents in a way we would normally expect children to develop."At Oxford, England's research will be reviewed by a committee of professors from the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and then discussed among all members of the Round Table
.England will serve on a committee to discuss the research of UNC education professor Donald Steadman, "School-based Health Centers: A New Source of Support for Academic Achievement in School Performance."
and his wife, Dr. Barbara England, who will be accompanying him on the trip, will also become members of the prestigious Bodleian Library of the University of Oxford