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EDSP 6364: Legal Issues in Special Education

Special education in a legal context, including regulation through federal and state legislation, judicial decision and administrative process. Authority and legal responsibility of the special educator and the administration of the school district.

Picking Your Topic Is Research

Evaluate Resources

When evaluating resources, focus on currency, revevance, authority, accuracy, and perspective

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Research Process

The research process can look different for everyone, and may look different from project to project, but most will have a few common features:

  1. Begin with a question you want answered. What are you most interested in learning?
  2. Decide what type of information you need: do you need newspapers, books, or scholarly articles?
  3. Gather and evaluate information: are your sources current, reliable, applicable, and unbiased?
  4. Is your question answered? Do you need more (or different) information? Do you need to change your question?
  5. Repeat 1-4 until you're ready to use the information: make a decision, write a paper, present, etc.

Don't forget to ask a librarian for help!