Dr. Elfreda Blue, Associate Professor and Chair of the Hofstra University School of Education Department of Specialized Programs in Education and Program Director, Special Education: International Perspectives, has co-edited a book with Dr. Sarah McPherson (Associate Professor and Chair, Instructional Technology, New York Institute of Technology) to address the learning challenges faced by students with disabilities in an inclusive classroom setting: S(tudent) E(nvironment) T(ask) and T(echnology) Tools for the 21st Century Learner (Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers).
The SETT book outlines the multiple factors to be considered to effectively make essential decisions relative to the student, the environment, the task and the technology used. The goal of the book is to guide classroom teachers to re-examine instructional practices not suitable for students with disabilities and to provide access to useful and appropriate instruction technology.
Dr. Blue holds a PhD in special education with a concentration in literacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to joining Hofstra, she taught at SUNY Buffalo, where she served as Associate Dean for Urban Education and Program Development. She was also a classroom teacher for 10 years in inclusive and special education urban classrooms throughout New York.
Dr. Blue’s research focuses on sociocultural perspective and literacy for students with learning disabilities and preparing teachers to teach diverse populations. She is a 2004 recipient of the International Reading Associations’ Albert Harris Award for her part in “Investigating the Effectiveness of an Integrated Learning System on Early Emergent Readers,” published in Reading Research Quarterly. Her research has also been published in Reading Writing Quarterly, Insights on Learning Disabilities, The Journal of Intercultural Disciplines, and US-China Education Review. Dr. Blue has served as vice president, president-elect and president of the New York State Chapter of the Council of Exceptional Children. She is a founding board member of two nonprofit organizations: the Harlem Education Guild and Adventists Against AIDS in Africa.