Provide a 1- to 2-paragraph statement that is the result of a review of current literature and practice that contains the following information:
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.
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.
Provide 1 or 2 paragraphs informed by the topic outlined in the problem statement that describe the following:
How this study will contribute to filling the gap in SPED practice identified in the problem statement: What original contribution will this study make?
How this research will support professional practice or allow practical application: Answer the “So what?” question.
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