measurement theory variables statistical analysis methods develop H u m a n i t i e s

measurement theory variables statistical analysis methods develop H u m a n i t i e s

Assignment 1: What Is Special About Special Education Research? Effective researchers in the field of special education are acutely aware of the challenges inherent in their investigations. Working with children with exceptionalities brings particularly important responsibilities. These responsibilities include careful attention to the treatment of subjects, validity, and the use of results. Furthermore, theories  must be studied using a robust measurement of appropriate variables and a respective statistical analysis.

For this Assignment, you will analyze the challenges facing special education research today as well as evaluate the role and importance of key research elements to the field of special education research.

To prepare:

Review the required for this module. Pay particular attention to the types of challenges facing the field of special education, research gaps in the literature, and how each may be addressed with valid measurement, theory, and study.

Consider the role and importance of the following in special education research:

Measurement

Theory

• Variables
• Statistical analysis methods
• Develop a 6-8 page paper to utilizing the following section headings:
• 1. Challenges to research practices in special education

a. Explain the challenges posed to those who design, implement, and utilize the

results of research in the field of special education.

2. The purpose of measurement in special education

a. Explain the important role and purpose of measurement in supporting valid

research in special education.

3. The role of theory and effective practice

a. Explain the importance of a clearly articulated theory in providing a foundation

from which to conduct research and identify effective practices.

4. Identification of variables

a. Explain the importance of, and process for, identifying research variables.

5. Statistical methods used in special education

a. Explain the role of specific methods of statistical analysis, and their importance in

conducting valid research in special education.

Support your position with specific references to and examples from the Learning Resources, outside peer reviewed research, and personal experience.