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Developing a Research Plan - Chapter Summary
These lessons focus on tips and practices you can use when preparing a research paper. This chapter offers a review of the following:
- The selection process when choosing a research topic
- Types of research variables
- Components of a research proposal
- Sections of a research study as outlined by the APA
- Finding and evaluating research resources
- Using annotated bibliographies and online search engines
- Incorporating research literature when conducting a study
Short, engaging lessons utilize examples and definitions to clarify details and expert instructors explain steps and processes with simple, easy-to-follow language. Use the self-assessment quizzes to determine how much you have retained after viewing these lessons.
How It Helps
- Enhances knowledge: Helps you build a stronger understanding of research processes and tools.
- Identifies helpful teaching resources: Discusses special education research journals that teachers can reference for additional information.
- Ensures student understanding: Simplified instruction and detailed examples make this material accessible to students of all levels.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe high-quality research processes
- List types of research variables and components of a research proposal
- Describe the proper set-up of a research study
- Evaluate research resources for validity and reliability
- Conduct effective online research
- Write a research literature review
1. How to Produce High-Quality Research
Psychology is a science that requires high quality research due to the inherent complexity of human thoughts, behaviors and emotions. One way to go about producing high quality research is to follow certain guidelines that all true sciences follow.
2. Selecting a Problem to Research
This lesson explores the process, pitfalls, and requirements for selecting a good problem to research. There is a bit more to it than just having a good idea.
3. Writing Research Questions: Purpose & Examples
What is a research question, and why is it important to get it right? This lesson will explore one way to write a research question, which guides a researcher in designing his or her experiment.
4. Research Variables: Dependent, Independent, Control, Extraneous & Moderator
This lesson explores the terminology of experimental design. What are variables? How do they influence each other? Is it possible that you are seeing connections that don't actually exist?
5. What is a Research Proposal? - Components & Examples
In this lesson, we will look at what it takes to write a research proposal. We'll look at questions to ask before beginning and the components that need to be included.
6. The Major Sections of a Research Study According to APA
This lesson explores how the American Psychological Association recommends research articles and projects be set up. Each section is sufficiently explained to increase familiarity with the pieces of a research article.
7. Finding & Evaluating Sources for Research
Not everything you read on the Internet is true. This video will help you navigate through different online sources and evaluate the validity of those sources to ensure that you can trust the information you use as part of your research.
8. Tips for Locating Research Materials
The process of preparing a research paper for academic or employment purposes can be a difficult task. There are some basic tips for how to locate research materials such as online, books, periodicals, etc.
9. Using Search Engines for Online Research
The Internet can be a resource that saves you time, but if you don't know how to use it properly, it can be a frustrating experience. In this lesson, you will learn about how to properly find supporting materials online with research tips and tricks.
10. Annotated Bibliography: Definition & Examples
Learn what annotated bibliographies are and how they're used in the research process. In this lesson, we'll discuss what it means to annotate and what to include in annotated bibliographies for research essays and projects.
11. The Literature Review Process
Literature review is a process of looking at what research has been done in a specific field of study. In this lesson, we will explore how to work through the process of performing and writing a literature review.
12. Special Education Research Journals
Staying on top of research is important for teachers who want to understand the latest thoughts and theories about how to work most effectively with students. This lesson offers an overview of some of the top-rate journals in special education.
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Other chapters within the Research Methods in Special Education course
- Research Foundations for Education
- Data Collection Methods & Techniques
- Single-Subject Research Designs
- Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Designs
- Sampling and Generalization
- Overview of Measurement in Research
- Internal Validity in Research
- External Validity
- Statistical Analysis: Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
- Qualitative Research Methods and Design
- Issues in Ethical Research