Education | Strategies for Educational Inquiry
Y520 | 5868 | Pershing


Course Description: Introductory course to orient beginning level graduate
students to various practices of educational and social inquiry.  The course
will familiarize you with the language of social research, different
perspectives of the purpose and use of research, and various ways to frame
research questions and design research studies.  Generally accepted
procedures for generating, analyzing, and interpreting data will be
explored.

Text Books:
Frankel, J. R. and Wallen, N.E. (2000).  How to design and evaluate research
in education (4th edition).New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Lomand, T. C. (1999). Social science research: A cross section of journal
articles for discussion and evaluation (2nd edition). Los Angeles: Pyrczak.

Pershing, J. A. and Lee, S. H. (1999). Analyzing Needs for Performance
Improvement (draft). (Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, & 18)
Bloomington, IN: EMRA. (at Collegiate Copies)

Course Requirements: Study assigned textbook readings and articles, attend
and participate in class discussions, and complete assignment and
examinations.

There will be a mid-term and final examination.  The mid-term will sample
material covered in the first seven (7) weeks of class.  The final will
sample material covered in weeks nine (9) through fifteen (15).  One-half
() of each exam will be an objective test and the other  will involve
analyzing and critiquing a research article or other materials.

Students will work in team of 2 or 3 to design and develop a 15 to 20 page
monograph on a research methodology chosen by the team.  This will require
an in-depth study and understanding of a research methodology and the
completion of an instructional piece that consists of background
information, steps and procedures, and job aids for conducting and carrying
out a research study using the chosen methodology.

Course Grades: I will follow the grading policy described in the Bulletin
for the Graduate Program in the School of Education.  A grade of "incomplete
(I)" will be granted only under particularly unusual circumstances.  Grades
for each component of the class will be assigned the following weights:

Mid-Term Examination 35%
Final Examination 30%
Methodology Monograph 25%
Attendance/participation 10%
Total 100%

Understanding Research: To pursue a greater understanding of research
methodologies, consider enrolling in one or more of the courses offered by
the Inquiry Methodology program as well as speciality courses offered by
your major department. I will be glad to discuss options with you and help
you to make appropriate choices.
Communication With the Instructor: Electronic mail (e-mail) is an additional
method for you to interact with me.  It provides for an exchange of ideas
and questions outside of class and office hours.  I will share my responses
to individual students by copying all class members as appropriate.

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Y520 Course Schedule - First Semester 2000-01

Week # Dates Topic(s)/Assignments Readings
Introduction to Research in Education & the Social Sciences

1
8/29 & 31  Introduction to course
Meanings of social science research F&W - ch 1
TCL - appendix A

2
9/5 & 7  Research problems, questions, & ethics F&W - ch 2 and 3
TCL - ch 9
Quantitative Data Gathering and Analyses

3
9/12 & 14  Populations and samples
Job Aid (topics/teams -- due 9/14) F&W - ch 6
TCL - ch 10
P&L - ch 9

4
9/19 & 21  Variables and hypothesis F&W - ch 4
TCL - ch 15
P&L - ch 17

5
9/26 & 28  Team meeting time - no class on 9/26
Instrumentation
Validity & reliability F&W - ch 7 and 8
TCL - ch 22

6
10/3 & 5  Descriptive statistics
Job Aid (resources/topical outline - due 10/5) F&W - ch 10
TCL - ch 3 and 17
P&L - ch 16 and 18

7
10/10 & 12  Inferential statistics
Statistics in perspective F&W - ch 11 and 12
TCL - ch 18
P&L - ch 17
8
10/17 & 19  Midterm examination
Research Methodologies

9
10/24 & 26  Team meeting time - no class on 10/24
Experimental research F&W - ch 13
TCL - ch 14

10
10/31 & 11/2  Correlational research
Causal-comparative research
Job Aid (draft -- due 11/2) F&W - ch 15 and 16
TCL - ch 24

11
11/7 & 9  Team meeting time - no class on 11/7

12
11/14 & 16  Interviews
Observation F&W - ch 19 and 20
TCL - ch 12
P&L - ch 11, 12, and 13

13
11/21 & 23  Thanksgiving holiday (no class)
Job Aid - due 1:00 pm 11/21

14
11/28 & 30  Content/document analysisF&W - ch 18
TCL - ch 6
P&L - ch 10

15
12/5 & 7  Writing research proposals and reports  F&W - ch 22
TCL - ch 24

16
12/14  Final examination (2:45 to 4:45 p.m.)