Methodologies for Special Education Evaluations Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Looks at data collection methodologies, which can be used to evaluate a student's need for a special education program.
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This paper reviews and compares quantitative data collection methods, such as psycho-educational testing, and qualitative methods, such as observations of the interactions of students, and how they can be used in determining if a student should be enrolled in a special education program. Next, the author relates that, although qualitative methods are considered to be more biased and more subjected to subjective preferences, it is important to interview the student and see his behavior in the classroom. The paper concludes that quantitative and qualitative data represent complementary rather than competing methodologies that provide important insights in evaluating children for special education.

From the Paper:

"Qualitative data collection methods are highly useful in evaluation for special education. According to GreatSchools Inc. (2004), numerous and intensive observations of a learner's behaviors are necessary and significant. In understanding special needs in education, it is important to conduct direct classroom observations. Interview with the learner is also important. Qualitative observations would also be beneficial in understanding behavioral and affective needs. Through interviews, evaluators can understand a learner's psychological conditions and gain an in-depth understanding of a learner's feeling about his or her school problem."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berry, J. (2005). Quantitative Methods in Education Research. Retrieved on January 27, 2009, from
  • ECS and McREL. (2004). A Policymaker's Primer on Education Research: How to Understand, Evaluate and Use It. Retrieved on January 27, 2009, from
  • Education Law Center. (n.d.). Getting A Special Education Evaluation For Your Child. Retrieved January 26, 2009, from
  • GreatSchools Inc. (2004). Understanding and Preparing Your Child for Psychoeducational Testing. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from
  • GreatSchools Inc. (2008). Special Education Evaluation - An Overview. Retrieved January 26, 2009, from

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