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The Stories We Choose to Tell: Fulfilling the Promise of Qualitative Research for Special Education "Historically, the central actors in qualitative research in special education have been scholars at Syracuse University, who for decades have advocated for and practiced qualitative methods to reconstruct the meaning of the lives of children, youth, and adults with disabilities... The influence of this group, therefore, has spanned both the field of special education as a discipline as well as the general field of methodology in qualitative research.“ 

--Maureen C. Pugach, 2001, The Stories We Choose to Tell: Fulfilling the Promise of Qualitative Research for Special Education, Exceptional Children, 67(4), 439-453. 


Much of the research at Syracuse has been based on qualitative or ethnographic research methods, and faculty have helped to popularize this research approach in education and human services. Students are encouraged to include courses on research methods as they provide skills and knowledge that can be applied to the study of disability. 

SOC606 QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Formulation of sociological research questions and the logic of testing and inference. Major quantitative and qualitative methodologies with emphasis on former. Relationship between problems formulation, theoretical perspective, and research methods.

SOC/WSP614/EDU 603 INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH 
Developing and using qualitative methods used by sociologists to conduct research. Underlying assumptions and limitations.

SOC616 PARTICIPANT OBSERVATION
Field techniques of participant observation, initiation of studies, the observer’s role, use of indicators and working hypotheses, field notes. Social structure and process. Readings in representative studies using the method. Prereq: permission of instructor.

SOC714 INTERMEDIATE SOCIAL STATISTICS
Introduction to multivariate statistical techniques to social science data. Prereq: SOC 513 or equivalent.

SOC811/EDU810/WSP812 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH I
Expand fieldwork skills and increase theoretical understanding; emphasis on “thinking qualitatively;” intensive fieldwork. Prereq: SOC 614/EDU 603.

SOC812/EDU815 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH II 
Applications to issues of special education and related educational and human service settings.