Field Study and Thesis Seminar

The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to become more intelligent consumers of research. In addition, this course describes the basic principles of educational research so that students can analyze and interpret an applied project, assist others in conducting research, or eventually conduct research in their own work settings.  


Course Objectives: The major objectives of this course are:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use the process of scientific inquiry to analyze and make decisions about problems and issues in special education.
  2. Judge the merits of published and unpublished research.
  3. Building on the skills developed in SPED 591A where students explored the steps needed to conceptualize and conduct various studies, students will now focus on the analysis and interpretation of educational research.
  4. List the strengths and weaknesses of different types of research methodologies.
  5. Complete their innovative projects by collecting data, analyzing the results and interpreting the findings in the light of relevant research.