Being An Agent Of Change

For this Discussion, you will analyze a problem in special education at the systemic level, apply research methodologies to address this problem to enact social change.

To prepare:
· Reflect the module Learning Resources, and those you may have found particularly informative in earlier modules. Note specific problems facing special education today, particularly those which may

· Review Walden’s Social Change website listed in the module Learning Resources, in particular, focus on Walden’s Mission and Vision. Consider how research in special education leads to positive social change both at locals and systemic levels.

· Select a systemic problem in special education which you would like to change and consider how you would research it. Think about the positive social change which would result from your research.

An explanation of a specific systemic problem in special education that you would like to change and how you would research it. Then, explain how your research would lead to positive social change at the systemic level as well as your own local level.

Support your response with 2–3 scholarly peer-reviewed research citations as well as references to Walden’s Mission and Vision for social change and the Learning Resources.

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Florian, L. (Ed.). (2014). The SAGE handbook of special education (2nd ed.). London, England: Sage.

Chapter 23, “Researching Inclusive Classroom Practices: The Framework for Participation” (pp. 389–403)

 Focus on the methodological implications and challenges of using a      particular approach to study inclusive practices in classrooms.

Rumrill, P. D., Cook, B. G., & Wiley, A. L. (2011). Research in special education: Designs, methods, and applications. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Chapter 8, “Synthetic Literature Reviews” (pp. 179–192)

Focus on the importance of synthesizing knowledge to expand the knowledge base within special education. Reflect on theory or model building, complicated and controversial issues, and informational or “how to” reports. Pay particular attention to emerging and important issues in special education.
Chapter 9, “Guidelines for Composing and Evaluating Research Articles” (pp. 216–218)

Focus on guidelines for critiquing research articles. Note the key questions that underlie each of the sections of an APA formatted paper.
Chapter 10, “The Future of Special Education Research” (pp. 219–236)

Focus on the future of special education. Consider evidence-based practices and a focus on student learning outcomes. Review quality indicators, instructional policies, and disabilities areas.
Walden University. (2016). Social change. Retrieved from

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