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Educational Studies 737 Research Issues in Special Education Winter 2002 Thursday 1 00 4 00 Prof Addison Stone Office 1323 SEB Phone 615 9604 Email addisons umich edu DESCRIPTION This course provides an analysis of historical and contemporary trends in theory and research in the field of special education with particular emphasis on language and learning disabilities Students are encouraged to evaluate alternative theoretical frameworks for conceptualizing atypical children and to engage in the analytic reading of research in the field of special education The major topics covered will be alternative theoretical perspectives on high incidence disabilities general methodological issues in the study of atypical children and an introduction to the history of research on atypical patterns of development of oral language reading written language math and social behavior Within each area history and trends in the field will be outlined specific research design and measurement issues will be addressed theoretical and methodological controversies will be highlighted and selected empirical studies will be critically examined Students will be expected to produce three papers a brief critique of an individual research article a comparative critique of two related research studies and a critical review of the research literature addressing a specific substantive issue in the field of special education In addition students will give an oral presentation based on their final paper METHODS OF EVALUATION Two article critiques 20 of grade a term paper 30 a class presentation 15 and participation in class discussion 35 COURSE OBJECTIVES 1 To appreciate the sociohistorical context of the field of Special Education with an eye to contextualizing past present and future trends in the field 2 To identify and discuss major theoretical and empirical issues in the study of language and learning disabilities both historically and currently 3 To refine skills for analyzing research studies in the area on both conceptual and methodological grounds 4 To develop critical thinking and effective scholarly communication both oral and written COURSE REQUIREMENTS Required Readings Individual chapters and research articles Research Issues in Spec Educ 2 Recommended Resources Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 5th ed 2001 Washington DC American Psychological Association A recent text on research design see me if interested Article Critiques Students will write two short papers in which they provide a detailed summary and analysis of research studies The first paper approx 3 to 4 pages will focus on a single study while the second paper approx 5 to 6 pages will provide a comparative critique of two related studies Each study should be described in enough detail so that a naive reader could understand the hypotheses methodology findings and conclusions presented Following this summary you should provide an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the study concentrating on the clarity and significance of the research question s the adequacy of the subject selection and description the appropriateness of the tasks and procedures and the interpretation of results In the case of the comparative paper each of the articles should be summarized briefly but the heart of the paper will be a critical evaluation of the articles both internally and in comparison with each other The target articles for both papers should be approved in advance and you should turn in a copy of the articles along with your paper Research Review Paper and Presentation Students will complete one longer paper approximately 15 20 pages and conduct a onehour class session on the topic The paper will consist of an analytic review of theory and research related to a topic of relevance to the field of language or learning disabilities Prior to your class session you should identify a key paper theoretical or empirical that all students will read in advance The class session will involve the coordination of a group discussion about the issues raised in the target paper and in your broader review A draft of the final paper will be due two weeks in advance of the final deadline The draft will be returned with comments and suggestions for revision You will then incorporate that feedback into the final version of the paper Research Issues in Spec Educ 3 DISCUSSION TOPICS AND ASSOCIATED READINGS Topic 1 Historical and Conceptual Issues Deschenes S Cuban L Tyack D 2001 Mismatch Historical perspectives on schools and students who don t fit them Teachers College Record 103 525 547 Kalyanpur M Harry B 1999 Culture in special education Baltimore MD Brookes Chapter 2 Legal and epistemological underpinnings of the construction of disability Hallahan D P Mercer C D 2001 Learning disabilities Historical perspectives Paper presented at the Learning Disabilities Summit Washington DC August 2001 Torgesen J K 1998 Learning disabilities An historical and conceptual overview In B Y L Wong Ed Learning about learning disabilities 2nd ed pp 3 34 San Diego Academic Press Kavale K A Forness S R 2000 What definitions of learning disability say and don t say A critical analysis Journal of Learning Disabilities 33 239 256 Topic 2 General Theoretical Issues Kavale K A Forness S R 1994 Models and theories Their influence on research in learning disabilities In S Vaughn C Bos Eds Research issues in learning disabilities Theory methodology assessment and ethics pp 38 65 New York Springer Verlag Torgesen J K 1993 Variations on theory in learning disabilities In G R Lyon et al Eds Better understanding learning disabilities pp 153 170 Baltimore MD Paul Brookes Publishing Feagans L V McKinney J D 1991 Subtypes of learning disabilities A review In L V Feagans E J Short L J Meltzer Eds Subtypes of learning disabilities Theoretical perspectives and research pp 3 31 Hillsdale NJ Lawrence Erlbaum Anzul M Evans J F King R Tellier Robinson D 2001 Moving beyond a deficit perspective with qualitative methods Exceptional Children 67 235 249 Topic 3 Behavioral and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disability Koorland M A 1986 Applied behavior analysis and the correction of learning disabilities In J K Torgesen B Y L Wong Eds Psychological and educational perspectives on learning disabilities pp 297 328 Orlando Academic Press Obrzut J E Uecker A 1994 Neuropsychological theories associated with learning disorders In S Vaughn C Bos Eds Research issues in learning


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