Discussion: Being an Agent of Change

Discussion: Being an Agent of Change

  

For this Discussion, you will analyze a problem in special education at the systemic level, apply research methodologies to address this problem to enact social change.

To prepare:

Reflect the module Learning Resources, and those you may have found particularly informative in earlier modules. Note specific problems facing special education today, particularly those which may

Review Waldens Social Change website listed in the module Learning Resources, in particular, focus on Waldens Mission and Vision. Consider how research in special education leads to positive social change both at locals and systemic levels.

Select a systemic problem in special education which you would like to change and consider how you would research it. Think about the positive social change which would result from your research.

An explanation of a specific systemic problem in special education that you would like to change and how you would research it. Then, explain how your research would lead to positive social change at the systemic level as well as your own local level.

Support your response with 23 scholarly peer-reviewed research citations as well as references to Waldens Mission and Vision for social change and the Learning Resources.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Florian, L. (Ed.). (2014). The SAGE handbook of special education (2nd ed.). London, England: Sage.

  • Chapter 23, Researching Inclusive Classroom      Practices: The Framework for Participation (pp. 389403)

         Focus on the methodological implications and challenges of using a      particular approach to study inclusive practices in classrooms.

Rumrill, P. D., Cook, B. G., & Wiley, A. L. (2011). Research in special education: Designs, methods, and applications. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

  • Chapter 8, Synthetic      Literature Reviews (pp. 179192)

    Focus on the importance of synthesizing knowledge to expand the      knowledge base within special education. Reflect on theory or model      building, complicated and controversial issues, and informational or how      to reports. Pay particular attention to emerging and important issues in      special education.

  • Chapter 9, Guidelines for      Composing and Evaluating Research Articles (pp. 216218)

    Focus on guidelines for critiquing research articles. Note the key      questions that underlie each of the sections of an APA formatted paper.

  • Chapter 10, The Future of Special Education      Research (pp. 219236)

    Focus on the future of special education. Consider evidence-based practices and a focus on student learning outcomes. Review quality      indicators, instructional policies, and disabilities areas.