Special Needs Research 101
There's an ever-increasing emphasis on using research to make decisions regarding children with disabilities in all their aspects--best practices for educating them, raising them, training their teachers, and setting systems in place that run smoothly and accomplish results. But, unlike roses, research is not necessarily research is not always research, just because it claims to be research. There's high-quality, well-designed, noteworthy research, and then...there's research that may have serious flaws in its design, conclusions, or generalizability to other students or settings. How do you tell the difference?
- Research 101 (you're here!)
(What makes for good research?)
- Research 102: Adding Up the Evidence
(How do you combine the findings of multiple research studies?)
- Making Sense of Statistics in Research
(Don't let stats throw you.)
- Weighing Info for Its Worth
(Is this research well done?)
- Special Education Research: Where to Start?
(How to begin finding and applying research.)
- What Works: Can We Say?
(Where can I find information on evidence-based practices?)
- Research-Based Resources on Specific Disabilities
(A starting place for research-based information on disabilities.)
The Research Process, Start to Finish
- Types of Research and Their Roles in Improvement of Practice.
from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
- Phases of Research: Steps in Gathering and Evaluating Evidence.
from the Cyberlab for Psychological Research.
- Research Methods: From Question to Conclusion.
From Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
What's in a Research Paper?
- The Research Paper.
From Trinity University.
- Understanding Those Medical & Research Articles
- Understanding a Typical Journal Article.
From Cyberlab for Psychological Research.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Dissemination Center.
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