Featured scholars are chosen from the general TED membership. These scholars have been selected because
of their innovative work in special education teacher education.
Criteria for Selection as Featured
Scholar of the Teacher Education Division
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Current Featured Scholar: Dr. Charles Dukes
Brief bio and description of the scholar’s work:
Charles Dukes is Associate Professor and Doctoral Coordinator in the Department of Exceptional Student
Education at Florida Atlantic University. He teaches courses in general special education, disability
studies, and applied behavior analysis. Dr. Dukes is an active member of the Council for Exceptional
Children and TASH. His research interests include linking multicultural and special education, social and
intimate relationships for persons with severe disabilities, concept maps as a research and assessment
tool, and educational supports for persons with severe disabilities. In this featured scholar video, Dr.
Dukes discusses his work using concept maps as a research tool. These studies were intended to help
special education teacher educators better understand how teacher candidates conceptualize critical
concepts in special education.