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Learning for Living

James R Patton, Ed.D.

James R Patton, Ed.D. is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin and an independent consultant. I was formerly a general and special education teacher. I have taught students with special needs at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels of schooling. I have written books, chapters, articles, and tests in the area of special education. My current areas of professional interest are the assessment of the transition strengths and needs of students, developing student-driven summaries of performance, the infusion of real-life, functional content into existing curricula, study skills instruction, instructional practices in science and social studies for students with special needs, preventive classroom management, and the lifelong needs of adults with disabilities. I have experience working with teachers on an international level (St. Lucia, México, Perú, Dominica, Uganda, and Taiwan). I also work as an intellectual disability/mental retardation forensic specialist in regard to death penalty cases throughout the country.

Educational Background:

     B.S. -- University of Notre Dame

     M.Ed. & Ed.D. -- University of Virginia

Current Areas of Interest:

  • Transition Assessment
  • Adaptive Behavior/Functioning Assessment
  • Individuals with Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Study Skills Instruction
  • Differentiating Instruction for Students Who are Struggling
  • Misconceptions of Disability 
Curriculum Vitae
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James R Patton, Ed.D.
Department of Special Education

University of Texas at Austin

SZB 408A
Austin, TX 78712


Cell:  512.740.4082

UT:    512.475.6553 


Email:  jpatton91@me.com 



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I have regular office hours at the University of Texas at Austin during the Fall and Spring terms.  

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