Education | Strategies for Educational Inquiry
Y502 | 6242 | Dr. Linda Shepard

Y520 is an introduction for beginning graduate students to the
purpose and means of the various practices of educational research.
This course will acquaint you with the language of social science
research, with different understandings of the purpose and use of
research, with various ways of framing research questions and
designing studies, and with generally accepted procedures for
generating, analyzing and interpreting data.

To pursue greater understanding of research methodologies you should
consider enrolling in one or more of the courses offered through the
Inquiry Methodology program area as well as specialty research
courses in your respective departments. I will be happy to provide an
overview of these courses and discuss the appropriate choice of a
course with you.


A. Two exams (50% of final grade).
Purpose: To provide feedback and evaluate student understanding of
concepts and terminology. Exams will be forced choice in an on-line
format. Sample exams will be posted on-line so that you can become
familiar with the ONCOURSE testing features as well as provide
examples of how questions may be presented.  For the actual exam, you
will be allotted 3 hours from the moment you load the test until you
submit the final exam responses.  Your answers will be automatically
submitted to the instructor after 3 hours.  Unless otherwise
indicated, the exam will be posted from Monday – Friday of the week
listed.  For example, the first exam is shown on October 6.  You will
be able to take the exam any day between October 6 (8am) and October
10 (5 pm).  Let me suggest that you plan to take the exam after 8 pm
of the first day (e.g., Oct. 6) so that you can benefit from our
conversation in the chat room.

B. Article Review (10%):
Purpose: To recognize and evaluate the research process.  Articles
will be provided in class.  Write a 2-page review for each article
review.  More information is posted in the SCHEDULE:  Article Review.

C. Research Paper (30%):
Purpose: To provide students with the opportunity to apply the
research process to a specific area.  This requirement will be
divided into two phases:
Annotated Biblography (10%). See SCHEDULE: Annotated Bibliography
A Literature Review (20%).  See SCHEDULE: Literature Review
More information will be provided for each phase in the SCHEDULE as
well as in class discussions.

D. Participation(10%):
Purpose: To facilitate understanding through interactions with peers
and instructor. As a web-based course, discussions will occur through
the following means:
- Weekly online chat room (Mon. 7:00-8:00):
-Weekly online assignments: Responses to peers, Discussion Rooms and
On most weeks, a quiz, article review, or discussion question will be
posted for students to complete before class meetings (either in the
chat room or for on-line discussions). Evaluation criteria:
A - consistent, meaningful contributions to class - asks questions
and/or makes comments that clarify, explain or add insight to course
B - consistent attendance, participation.
C - consistent attendance, little or no contribution to class
D/F - shows little effort, poor attendance.

93% mastery or above = A, 90% to 92% = A-, 87% to 89% = B+, 83% to
86% = B, 80% to 82% = B-, 77% to 79% = C+, 73% to 76% = C, 70% to 72%
= C-, below 70% = D, and below 60% = F

Incompletes will be given only for a legitimate reason as outlined in
the university's Academic Guide, and only after a conference between
the instructor and the student. Throughout the course, you may
contest grades awarded within 48 hours. Once this "statute of
limitation" has passed, it is assumed that you willingly accept the
grade(s) assigned without further dispute.

This schedule is a guide for the semester.  Any changes will be
discussed throughout the semester.

Week of Class Mondays
Likely Chat Room Discussion Topics See ONCOURSE INTOUCH: Chat room

September 1	
Chapter 1-5, 24	
Introduction, Nature of Ed. Research, Research Problems, Ethics,
Variables and Hypotheses, Literature Review, Proposals	
INTOUCH: Chat Room September 1
Let’s discuss the semester plans
September 8	
Chapter 6-8	
Sampling, Instrumentation, Reliability and Validity	Discuss the
research design problems
(See SCHEDULE – Assignment 1)

September 15	
Chapter 7-8	
Discuss the library tour (See SCHEDULE – Assignment 2) and how you
can start your research for the Annotated Bibiolography.
Discuss reliability and validity

September 22	
Chapter 10-12	
Descriptive Statistics and Inferential Statistics, Statistics in
Discuss the assignment on descriptive and inferential statistics (See
SCHEDULE – Assignment 3)

September 29	
Chapter 10-12	
Continue our discussion on inferential statistics and review for the

October 6	
Exam 1		
Review for the exam if needed

October 13	
Chapter 9, 13-14	
Internal Validity, Experimental Research	
Go over exam
Review DUE DATES for all remaining assignments.

October 20	
Chapter 13-14	Experimental Research	
Discuss the Helm article reviews posted in the discussion room
(See SCHEDULE: Article Review)
Any questions about Annotated Bib (Due on 10/31)?

October 27	
Chapter 15	
Correlational Research	
Discuss Lord Article
(See SCHEDULE: Article Review)

November 3	
Chapter 16-17	Causal-Comparative Research, Survey	
Discuss experimental and correlational research design issues
Any questions about Literature Review
(Due to peers by 11/21)

November 10	
Chapter 18-19	
Qualitative Research	
Discuss Espelage article (See SCHEDULE – Article Review)
Follow up on Literature Review (Final project due 12/1).  Any
questions about peer reviews?
Compare Causal Comparative, Correlational and Experimental Research

November 17	
Chapter 18-19	
Con’t Discuss Qualitative Research Design issues
Discuss Stage and Maple Article Review
(See SCHEDULE: Article Review)

November 24	
Chapter 20-22	
Content Analysis, Ethnographic Research, Historical Research	
Discuss remaining research designs.

December 1	
Chapter 23	
Action Research	
Review for exam
December 8	
Exam 2	
Review for exam if necessary