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Special Education: Research

Picking a Topic

Picking a topic requires research. You may decide to change your topic along the way. Using a concept map can help with narrowing ideas and focusing vocabulary for keyword searching. Start by browsing books, encyclopedias, and a general search using APPsearch.

Finding Background Information

Books and encyclopedias provide background information for an unfamiliar topic or person.

For example, you could search Books and Media using these keywords:

  • "diversity in education"
  • "multicultural education" childhood
  • "educational change"
  • "john dewey"

Research Organization

A research matrix can help organize sources as you find them. Be sure to include the title of the article, a brief 2-3 sentence summary, and then any key points to note. The included PDF is editable upon download.

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