Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

Contact Information and Office Hours

Placeholder Contact Information Office Hours
Eureka Hall 322
(916) 278-4619
Spring 2016
Tuesday: 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Thursday: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

*Please email me to schedule an appointment at other times

Joined Faculty: August 2003

Quote of Personal Interest

Much have I learned from my teachers, more from colleagues, but most from my students.
– Talmud: Ta’anith,7b

Equilibrium is the stage closest to death for a living system, but we haven’t known that. We have thought that when we are at equilibrium, everything’s fine, and that it is change that causes our disintegration.
– Margaret Wheatley

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
– Confucius

Areas Research/Scholarly Activity

Meaningful participation of students with moderate/severe disabilities in inclusive school and community settings.

Facilitation of peer supports and social relationships between youth with and without disabilities.

Individual and school-wide positive behavioral support instructional/support strategies for students with autism and related disabilities.

Inter-professional collaboration.

Special education teacher preparation to promote advocacy, leadership and systems-change.

Courses Taught

EDS 119 - Legal and Social Foundations in Special Education
EDS 206 - Collaborative Program Planning with Families, Professionals, and Communities
EDS 208 - Evidenced-based Assessment and Instruction: Mod/Severe Disabilities
EDS 236 - Student Teaching Seminar II: Moderate/Severe Disabilities
EDS 297 - Current Issues in Special Education
EDS 414, 415, 421- Student Teaching Supervision in Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Educational Degrees

Ph.D., Special Education, University of California at Berkeley with San Francisco State University, 2002
M.A., Social Sciences in Education, Stanford University, 1987
B.A. with Distinction, Human Biology, secondary major in Psychology, Stanford University, 1985

Professional Awards or Commendations

Distinguished Graduate Student Award, College of Education, San Francisco State University, 1995
Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California at Berkeley, 1991
University of California Regents Fellowship, 1990-91 academic year
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford Chapter, initiated June 14, 1985

Select Publications

Recently Submitted
Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (2014). Alexander and his friends: An ethnographic case study of the peer relationships between students in an inclusive first grade classroom (submitted to Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities)

Ryndak, D.L., Taub, D., Jorgensen, C.M., Gonsier-Gerdin, J., Arndt, K., Sauer, J., Ruppar, A., Morningstar, M., & Allcock, H. (2014). Policy and the impact on placement, involvement, and progress in general education: Critical issues that require rectification. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 39(1), 65-74.

Contributing Author to Kaweski, W. (2011). Teaching adolescents with autism: Practical strategies for the inclusive classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Gonsier-Gerdin, J., & Royce-Davis, J. (2005). Developing advocates and leaders through service-learning in preservice and inservice special education programs. In J. Callahan, S. Root, & S.H. Billig (Eds.). Improving service-learning practice: Research on models to enhance impacts (pp. 37-57). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Sadao, K., Gonsier-Gerdin, J., & Smith-Stubblefield, S. (2004). What’s for lunch? A helping professions faculty collaborative model that works. Issues in Teacher Education, 13(1), 51-71.

Park, H.S., Hoffman, S., Whaley, S., & Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (2001). Ted’s story: Looking back and beyond. In M. Grenot-Scheyer, M. Fisher, & D. Staub (Eds.), At the end of the day: Lessons learned from inclusive classrooms. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Park, H.S., Gonsier-Gerdin, J., Hoffman, S., Whaley, S., & Yount, M. (1998). Applying the participatory action research model to the study of social inclusion at worksites. Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 23, 189-202.

Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (1998). Book review of Qualitative research in education: An introduction to theory and methods. Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 23.

Wolfberg, P., Schuler, A.L., Perez, L., O'Connor, T., & Gonsier-Gerdin, J. (1992). Integrated Play Groups: Resource manual. (Contract # H086D90016). Washington, D.C.: Department of Education, OSERS.

Schuler, A.L., Gonsier-Gerdin, J. & Wolfberg, P. (1990). The efficacy of speech and language intervention: Autism. Seminars in Speech and Language, 11(4), 242-255)

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