Education Leaders’ Perspectives on Special Education Research: A Priority Setting Study

International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership

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Title Education Leaders’ Perspectives on Special Education Research: A Priority Setting Study
Creator Baumbusch, Jennifer
Lloyd, Jennifer E.V.
Liou, Yu Chyi David
Zou, Danjie
Subject special education; leadership; knowledge mobilization
knowledge mobilization; research priority setting; special education; teachers
Description Research priority setting, an element of knowledge mobilization, makes knowledge users integral to the development of research agendas. To date, the use of research priority setting in educational research has been minimal. The purpose of this study was to explore educational leaders’ perspectives on research priorities in special education. We conducted a cross-sectional research priority setting survey with educational leaders from 60 public school districts in British Columbia, Canada. Seventy-one participants completed the survey. Results of a pre-set list of questions indicated that the top three research priorities were: grade-to-grade transitions, high school graduation, and time to designation. In terms of designation, or student categorization, participants were most interested in “Intensive Behaviour Interventions/Severe Mental Illness.” When asked about other priorities, participants identified research on types of support/interventions. These results have implications for developing a research agenda that can support informed decision-making around policy-development and programming for students with special needs. 
Publisher IJEPL is a joint publication of PDK International, SFU, GMU, and UDel
Contributor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Date 2020-11-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article

Research Priority Setting Survey
Format application/pdf
Source International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership; Vol 16, No 15 (2020): Education Leaders’ Perspectives on Special Education Research: A Priority Setting Study
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Jennifer Baumbusch, Jennifer E.V. Lloyd, Yu Chyi David Liou, Danjie Zou

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