How this research will support professional practice or allow practical application: Answer the “So what?” question.

Develop a 3–5 page paper utilizing the following section headings:

  1. Problem Statement
    1. Provide a 1- to 2-paragraph statement that is the result of a review of current literature and practice that contains the following information:
      1. A logical argument for the need to address an identified gap in special education practice. Make sure to clarify why you believe that this is problem of practice in SPED.
      2. Preliminary evidence that provides justification that this problem is meaningful. Provide a minimum of 3–5 key citations that support the relevance and currency of the problem. These references need not all be from peer reviewed journals but should be from reputable sources, such as national agency databases or scholarly books, and should ideally be from the past 5 years.
  2. Significance
    1. Provide 1 or 2 paragraphs informed by the topic outlined in the problem statement that describe the following:
      1. How this study will contribute to filling the gap in SPED practice identified in the problem statement: What original contribution will this study make?
      2. How this research will support professional practice or allow practical application: Answer the “So what?” question.
  3. Questions
    1. List the question or a series of related questions that are informed by the purpose, which will lead to the development of what needs to be done to research the identified gap in practice. A research question informs the research design by providing a foundation for
      1. generation of hypotheses in quantitative studies,
      2. questions necessary to build the design structure for qualitative studies, and a
      3. process by which different methods will work together in mixed-methods studies.
  4. Nature of the Study
    1. Using one of the following terms as a subheading, provide a concise paragraph that discusses the approach that will be used to address the research question(s) and how this approach aligns with the problem statement.
      1. The subheadings and examples of study design are as follows:
        1. Quantitative—for experimental, quasiexperimental, or nonexperimental designs; treatment-control; repeated measures; causal-comparative; single-subject; predictive studies; or other quantitative approaches
        2. Qualitative—for ethnography, case study, grounded theory, narrative inquiry, phenomenological research, policy analysis, or other qualitative traditions
        3. Mixed methods, primarily quantitative—for sequential, concurrent, or transformative studies, with the main focus on quantitative methods
        4. Mixed methods, primarily qualitative—for sequential, concurrent, or transformative studies, with the main focus on qualitative methods
        5. Single subject
  5. Social Change
    1. Consider the relationship between the identified problem of practice and social change.
      In 2–3 paragraphs, describe:

      1. How the claim aligns with the problem statement to reflect the potential relevance of this study to society? How might the potential findings lead to positive social change for students with exceptionalities?
    2. Then, given your perspective, craft a Research Promise to Students with Exceptionalities. Take the researcher’s perspective as you craft this “promise.”
      1. Example: As I move through my program, I promise to seek the highest and deepest levels of scholarship in order to bring about meaningful social change for students with exceptionalities. As a part of this promise, I will: list 2–3 ways in which you will pursue and fulfill this promise.
  6. References
    1. On a separate page, cite the text, articles, and other current peer reviewed research in support of your position. Be specific, and provide examples. Remember to use APA format in completing this Assignment.