Critical Review of Special Education Literature – EDSP 727
CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020
This course provides a critical review of special education literature on a variety of topics with a focus on teacher education. Topics include universal design principles, evidence-based best practice in subject areas, post-secondary and community-based disability services, and assistive technologies.
Leaders in the field of special education need to make decisions based on evidence. This course is designed to equip the candidate with a deeper understanding of research and evidence-based practices in the field of special education as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to make evidence-based decisions in conjunction with disability characteristics and supports.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:
- Analyze current literature on behavior and social skills in special education.
- Evaluate evidence-based practices in academics for special education.
- Discuss the best practices for transition from school to post-school environments: work, school, and community for students with special needs.
- Apply Universal Design principles to special education programming.
- Evaluate assistive technology applications and issues to improve learning.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Discussion Board Forums (2)
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain a minimum of 1 citation in current APA format to support assertions. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain a minimum of 1 citation in current APA format to support assertions. (MLO: B)
Assistive Technology Paper
The candidate will choose 3 peer-reviewed research articles related to assistive technology and augmentative/alternative technology to write a paper. The paper will: (1) distinguish between the varying uses of assistive and augmented/alternative technologies in relation to services and how these are addressed on an IEP, (2) report on 1 current issue in the field of special education related to assistive technology and augmentative/alternative technology, and (3) offer recommendations based on the research to resolve the issue. The 3–4-page paper will include a title page, abstract, and reference page (not included in the page count). A minimum of 6 citations must be included and must be paraphrased and/or summarized. APA format headings must be included for organization. (MLO: E)
Behavior Management Video
The candidate will read an assigned journal article and choose 1 evidence-based behavior management intervention/strategy for students with disabilities and create a 3–5-minute training video for a specific audience of interest. The video must include situation-specific information, instructions for implementation, and a resource list. At least three different resources must be cited. (MLO: A, D)
Literacy Research Paper
The candidate will read and analyze a minimum of 3 peer-reviewed journal articles on the topic of leadership and reading disability. The candidate will write a 5–7-page paper detailing the evidence-based best practices that define/characterize an effective reading program and curriculum. This assignment may be customized to K–6, 6–12, or remedial English in post-secondary education. The paper must include a practical, theoretical, and spiritual component; be in current APA format; and include a title page, abstract, and reference page. A minimum of 5 references must be included (the text, 3 journal articles, and the Bible). (MLO:B)
The candidate will analyze Universal Design (UD) principles in leadership and in the classroom to discuss qualitative and quantitative data necessary to create a needs assessment and implement UD principles in the district, school, and classroom. One additional course-related topic (assistive technology, behavior management, literacy, mathematics, or gifted education) must be included. The 4–5-page paper must be written in current APA format, contain a title page and reference page (not included in the page count), demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain a minimum of 5 citations. Block quotations may not be used in the paper. (MLO: D)
Evidence-Based Writing Practices
The candidate will analyze and synthesize the information from 3 of 10 provided peer-reviewed journal articles regarding literacy innovation and literacy interventions. The candidate will write a 4–6-page paper on writing importance, development, evidence-based practices, and educator use. The paper must be in current APA format, include at least 10 citations total with at least 1 citation per section, and include a title page, abstract, and reference page. (MLO: B)
Mathematics Strategies Presentation
The candidate will create a PowerPoint or Kaltura presentation from the perspective of an administrator or leader in the field of education to be presented to pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, or university administration with regard to research-based strategies for teaching mathematics to students with exceptionalities. At least 1 Universal Design element must be included. Supporting evidence from the reading must be incorporated. Five additional scholarly sources must be utilized, and 1 of the 5 additional resources must be a meta- or mega-analysis. This must be submitted as a PowerPoint with a voice over or as a Kaltura video. If completing a PowerPoint, the presentation must include 20–25 slides (excluding the title and reference slides). If using Kaltura, the video must be 5–8 minutes. (MLO: B, D)
Gifted Education Research and Theory
The candidate will write a 3–4-page position paper on the topic of gifted education and programming for students who are gifted and talented. The candidate will make an evidence-based argument for the model he/she advocates, using the literature to support his/her position. The assignment must be in current APA format, and include a title page and a reference page. A minimum of 2 citations must be included. Only paraphrasing and summarizing may be used for citations. (MLO: B)
Controversy in Special Education
The candidate will read and analyze 3 journal articles and assess and determine what the research reveals about either brain-based learning, learning styles, Brain Gym, or a new/emerging issue in the field that the candidate feels warrants further research. The review must be 4–6 pages and follow current APA format including headings, a title page, abstract, reference page, and a minimum of 6 citations. One of the 3 given journal articles must be cited, as well as at least 2 more peer-reviewed journal articles published within the last 2 years pertaining to the topic of the candidate’s choice (either brain-based learning, learning styles, or Brain Gym). The journal article critique must consist of 4 parts: Overview, Analysis of Key Points, Critical Response, and Current State of the Literature. (MLO: B)
Transition Planning Presentation
The candidate will create a 5–8-minute presentation discussing best practices for supporting students in the following areas: special education versus ADA, post-secondary education, employment and work skills, independent living, self-determination and self-advocacy, and healthy relationships. At least 1 Universal Design element and 5 citations must be included. (MLO: B, C, D)
Social Skills and Cognition Paper
The candidate will choose social skills or social cognition to complete a 3–4 page paper elaborating on current evidence in the research (5 years or less). The paper must be written in current APA format and include a title and reference page. There must be a minimum of 5 citations. Only summarizing and paraphrasing may be used. (MLO: A)