Education | Strategies for Inquiry
Y520 | 5776 | Linda Shepard


Text Book:  Fraenkel, J. and Wallen, N. (2003).  How to Design and
Evaluate Research in Education. 5th Edition. This text should have a
CD Rom on the last page of the book.  This CD will provide
supplementary exercises as you go through the course.  Several other
readings will be assigned through out the semester.

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.

Requirements:
A. Two exams (50% of final grade).
Purpose: To provide feedback and evaluate student understanding of
concepts and terminology. Forced choice, online format.  Exams will be
posted in Oncourse (Tools).  You will need to allow approximately a 3
hour block to complete the exam on the week when the exam is posted.
Once you enter the system to take the exam, you will not be allowed to
reenter the system.  Sample exams will be posted prior to the exam
being graded so you can practice using Oncourse and see examples of
the questions.

B. Article Reviews (10%): DUE MARCH 10 and MARCH 31: See schedule for
more information.
Purpose: To recognize and evaluate the research process.  Two articles
will be provided in class.  Write a 2 page review.  More information
will be provided in class the Schedule.

C. Original Research Proposal (30%): See schedule for more information
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%) will be due by APRIL 14
-A literature review with proposal (20%) will be due for peer review
APRIL 21 and the final project due by APRIL 28

C. 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 (Tues. 7:00-8:00) Bloomington Indiana time.
- Each week you will need to check the Oncourse announcements to see
if there are any additional assignments.  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
content.

B - consistent attendance, participation.

C - consistent attendance, little or no contribution to class
discussion.

D/F - shows little effort, poor attendance.

Grading:  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 in class throughout the semester.

Week of Class/Readings/Topic

January 13 Introduction
Chapter 1-5, 24	Introduction, Nature of Ed. Research, Research
Problems, Ethics, Variables and Hypotheses, Literature Review,
Proposals
January 20 Chapter 6-8 Sampling, Instrumentation, Reliability and
Validity
January 27 Chapter 7-8 Con't
February 3 Chapter 10-12 Descriptive Statistics and Inferential
Statistics, Statistics in Perspective
February 10 Chapter 10-12 Con't
February 17 Exam 1	
February 24 Chapter 9, 13-14 Internal Validity, Experimental Research
March 3	Chapter 13-14 Experimental Research
March 10 Chapter 15 Correlational Research
March 24 Chapter 16-17 Causal-Comparative Research, Survey
March 31 Chapter 18-19 Qualitative Research
April 7	Chapter 18-19 Con't
April 14 Chapter 20-22 Content Analysis, Ethnographic Research,
Historical Research
April 21 Chapter 23 Action Research
April 28 Exam 2