Research Database

Special Education Overview

A 5 page research paper that discusses special education, which is a topic that covers a broad array of topics. This overview of special education looks a few of these topics, offering definitions and discussion of relevant issues. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

History of Special Education

An 8 page research paper that relates the history of special education. The structure of this history of special education first looks at the field earliest beginnings, which addresses how early special education innovators developed this field. However, the reality of history is also that there was resistance to the very idea of special education for severely mentally handicapped children and this is also addressed before moving on to the recent history of special education in the US and conclusions. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Special Education - Case Study

This 7 page paper responds to specific requirements. These include: networking with two sources to identify trends and hot topics in special education; having discussions with two principals about their experience with parent advocacy groups; discussing information with school special education coordinator; and identifying priority areas for the school. The three areas are assessing ELL students for learning disabilities, parent involvement and support for general education teachers. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Special Education / Harmful Labels for 'Slower' Children ?

A 5 page analytical look at special education and the effects of labeling children as such. The special education system as it currently exists is largely criticized. Special education's positive attributes are cited as well but the writer argues that one of the worst existing problems occurs when children are mislabeled as 'special' education and just 'thrown' into some classification that is really unnecessary. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Massachusetts Educational Law Change

A 7 page paper discussing a change in Massachusetts law within a cost-benefit framework. The change discussed is that replacing "special needs" with "disabled" in preparation for Massachusetts' switch from its own special education standard to that of the federal government. Requiring that all special education students be disabled in some manner excludes all those without a specific disability, saving $125 million annually that can be redistributed or invested in special education for the disabled. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Use of Resources for Special Education

This 5 page paper provides an overview of an interview with a special education adminstrator on the topic of the use of outside resources for special education. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Special Education/Literature Review

A 15 page research paper that discusses special education, its history in the US. This examination of issues pertaining to special education offers a broad overview of this topic via a review of relevant literature. Bibliography lists 16 sources.

Special Education Issues & Policy

A 6 page research paper that takes the form of a hypothetical interview. The writer argues that the literature that pertains to special education suggests possible answers that a school district special education coordinator might give to the questions asked by the student researching this topic. This hypothetical interview, therefore, offers a template that the student can use when writing his/her own paper based on the interview data that the student will collect when conducting his/her interview. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Foster Youth And Education

A 6 page paper. The major theme is Foster Youth and Education. Three articles are reported under this topic. Three subthemes are reported each with an article: the vulnerabilities of foster youth, preparation for emancipation, and special education. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Assessments in Special Education

One of the most challenging aspects of addressing student needs in Special Education is the process of student assessment to determine eligibility for services by Special educators and extended support personnel, to determine the student-oriented educational process that will be incorporated into a child's individual education plan (IEP), and to reflect gains, improvements and specific areas of concern for the child with a Special Education designation. This 3 page paper considers the scope of assessment and planning for children with disabilities, and determines the need for ethical use of assessment techniques. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Assessment/Students With Disabilities

This 4 page paper addresses the topics of IQ tests and formal and informal assessment within the context of special education and students with disabilities. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Special Education vs. General Education Teachers

A 10 page paper which compares the stress levels between special education teachers to general education teachers and considers if special education teachers are at a higher risk of stress disorders than their general education counterparts. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

An Integrative Summary of Literature on Special Education:

This 5 page paper discusses a variety of special education topics from the perspective of a special edcuation director. This paper highlights the importance of a person in this position in regards to the information provided in these articles, and asserts that the director necessarily must be informed on these issues. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

Thoughts on Special Education

This 3 page paper provides an overview of some thoughts/theories on special education.

English Language Learners Overrepresentation In Special Education

A 3 page paper that discusses the entitled topic. Culturally and linguistically diverse students have historically been overrepresented in special education programs. This essay discusses the issue and provides some data with comments on advocacy. Bibliography list 3 sources.

SPED Parents

A 3 page paper in the form of a brochure to parents of special education children, encouraging them to become and remain involved with their children’s education. The brochure addresses both legal and practical aspects of special education and ways they can become more involved. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Inclusion Programming & Addressing the Problem of Implementation for a Varied Population

The word 'inclusion' has been widely used in recent years as more and more school districts recognize the call for 'least restrictive environment' in programming for special education students and relates to the side-by-side programming of special education and regular education students in classroom settings. This 25 page paper provides an overview of the current literature and then presents a description of the methods for conducting a study of students, outcomes, and teacher perceptions of inclusion programming. Bibliography lists 25 sources.

Proposal for Educational Research

A 10 page research proposal directed to the local school board and addressing perceptions of teachers, families and the local community in how effective current special education practices are. The very laws intended to ensure that all learning disabled students receive the education most valuable to them work to categorize and label students in ways difficult to overcome. The purpose of the research is to discover whether inequities exist in assigning students to special education and whether current practice is effective. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Research Methodology

A 6 page paper providing only the methodology section of a qualitative study. The topic is special education, specifically how high school teachers manage mainstreaming duties with bilingual students who have varying backgrounds in formal education. The study employs a focus group followed by individual interviews in an effort to determine active teachers' attitudes and percepetions for application to the study seeking to determine how equality, social justice and human rights contribute. No sources listed.

Moore & Kearsley/ 'Distance Education'

A 10 page research paper that addresses the topic of distance education covered in the book by that name by Michael G. Moore and Greg Kearsley. The advent of the Internet and other technologies have brought distance education into the mainstream and this paper discusses factors that distinguish it from traditional classrooms, as well as its special requirements. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Topics in Sociology

This 10 page paper provides an overview of sociological topics which are fundamentals in sociology, youth and society, education, politics, economics and the corporation. These topics are explored and contained within these sections are references to Marx, Durkheim and Weber as well as to the significance of class. Special attention is paid to hip hop in contemporary society. Bibliography lists 13 sources.

Importance Of Learning Environments

The topic is addressed in a 12 page paper that looks at literature on the subject, particularly as it pertains to learning and cognition. Several issues are addressed including special education and experimental learning. A paradigm shift at the higher education level is noted as it pertains to the learning environment. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

Investigating Inclusion Classroom Grades

A 4 page paper constructing a problem statement for action research into how to ensure that special education students can receive the positive feedback they need in the form of passing grades. It is reasonable that feedback in the form of grades would be important to special education students, and that passing grades on report cards can provide the positive feedback that special education students need. Thus the problem statement for the proposed research is that special education students need to receive passing grades but generally do not. The paper concludes with the problem statement refined in a matrix form. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Reflections on Special Education Issues

A 4 page research paper that offers 3 short reflective essays. The first addresses the significance of statements made by teachers relative to inclusion of special education students in the general classroom. The second essay discusses how to respond to scenario in which a 10-year-old student questions why special education students "do not have to take the test." The last essay offers a case study in which the environment is changed to meet the needs of a struggling child. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Concepts in Special Education

This 7 page paper presents ten key concepts in Special Education. Each of the concepts are numbered and a student's personal beliefs and philosophy about the concept are discussed. Then personal experiences are relayed in this tutorial that explores ideas in special education and how they are applied to the classroom. No bibliography.

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