U-M EDUC 737 - Research Issues in Special Education syllabus (6 pages)

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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



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