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The goal of this second edition is to provide a comprehensive overview of the philosophical, ethical, methodological, and analytical fundamentals of social science and educational research, as well as specify aspects of special education research that distinguish it from scientific inquiry in other fields of education and human services. Foremost among these distinctions are the research beneficiaries: children with disabilities, their parents, and special educators, the availability of federal funds for research and demonstration projects that seek to improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities; and the historical, philosophical, and legislative bases for the profession of special education. This new edition represents a revision of over 40 percent of the text, with all chapters thoroughly updated with new developments in research topics, designs, and methods that have emerged over the past decade in the field of special education. Also presented is considerable text related to evidence-based practice and quality indicators for special education research in a design-specific context. In offering a broad-based examination of the role of scientific inquiry in contemporary special education, this new edition serves as a text and resource guide for graduate-level students, practitioners, and teachers in the fields of special education, disability studies, early intervention, school psychology, and child and family services. Further, the book aims to not only orient the student or practitioner to the fundamentals of research design, but also introduce him or her to the professional literature in this dynamic field.
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Phillip Rumrill, PhD, CRC, is a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He is Professor and Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling Program and Director, Center for Disability Studies, Kent State University, OH. Dr. Rumrill has authored or co-authored more than 200 professional journal articles; 50 book chapters, monographs, measurement instruments, and training manuals; and 12 books. He has also guest-edited 21 special issues of professional and academic journals in the fields of education and rehabilitation. Dr. Rumrill is a highly sought speaker at national and international conferences and has delivered more than 350 addresses to consumer, professional, academic, and policymaking audien ces over the past two decades. From 2006-2011, he served as Co-Principal Investigator and Research Director of the Coordination, Outreach, and Research Center for the Americans with Disabilities Act National Network, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). He has received honors and recognition for his work from such organizations as the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the International Organization of Social Science and Behavioral Research, and the National TRIO Foundation. Dr. Rumrill has held Distinguished Lecturer or Visiting Scholar appointments at University of Pittsburgh, Ohio State University, University of Hawaii, University of Leeds Medical School in England, University of Glasgow in Scotland, and the Arla Institute of Finland. He co-authored Sandwich Generation's Guide to Eldercare, which won the Gold Medal in the Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards in the Family and Relationship Books category.
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