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    • "...letting go, in the best sense, means that a qualitative researcher is more able intensely to 'be with' what is happening and to respond to that instead of worrying about what should or could be happening" (Ely, 1991, p. 35)

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Course Syllabus


Highlights of Course Syllabus

Course Description

Background of educational research; selection and development of research problems; sources of information and data; methods, tools, and techniques; collection, treatment, application, and interpretation of research data; organizing and writing a research report.

My - Yet to Be Published - Research ;-)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Organize and write 3 chapters of a 5 chapter research paper
    1. Write Chapter One: Introduce the Research Topic
      1. Describe the educational problem to be researched
        1. Read graduate student and educational researcher chapter one examples
      2. Write a purpose statement
      3. Write (a) research question(s)
      4. Write Significance of the Study
    2. Write Chapter Two: Review of the Literature
      1. Read, synthesize and write a review of the supporting literature related to the research topic
        1. organize research using software
        2. compose efficient notes obtained from research articles
        3. synthesize research
    3. Write Chapter Three: Methodology
      1. Describe the types of data to be collected and the rationale for choosing them
      2. Describe your protocol for collecting data
  2. Use APA 6th formatting

Assignments & Due Dates

  1. May 26 – Chapter One
  2. June 2 – Chapter Three
  3. June 11 – Chapter Two
  4. June 13 – Chapters 1 – 3 in proper format

Course Topics

  • 1. May 19 - Chapters 1 - 3
    • a. Typical Stages of the Research Paper
      • i. Selecting a problem
      • ii. Reviewing the Literature
      • iii. Designing the Research
      • iv. Collecting the Data (EDU 690)
      • v. Analyzing the Data (EDU 690)
      • vi. Interpreting the Findings (EDU 690)
      • vii. Reporting the Results (EDU 594, EDU 690)
  • 2. May 20 - Chapter 1
    • a. Quantitative v. Qualitative Research;
    • b. Experimental Research v. Non-experimental Research;
    • c. Types of Qualitative Research
      • i. Basic Interpretative Studies;
      • ii. Case Studies;
      • iii. Document or Content Analysis;
      • iv. Ethnography;
      • v. Grounded Theory;
      • vi. Historical Research;
      • vii. Narrative Inquiry
      • viii. Phenomenological Studies
    • d. Problem Statement
  • 3. May 21 – Chapter 3
    • a. Qualitative Ways to Collect Data
      • i. Observation
      • ii. Interviews
      • iii. Documents
      • iv. Artifacts
    • b. Ethical Considerations in Qualitative Research
    • c. Quantitative Ways to Collect Data
      • i. Tests
        • 1. Achievement v. Aptitude
        • 2. Personality Assessment
        • 3. Attitude Scales
        • 4. Rating Scales
  • 4. May 26 – Chapter 2
    • a. Reviewing the Literature
      • i. Role of the Literature
      • ii. Locating Related Literature
        • 1. Generational Searching
      • iii. Organizing the Literature
      • iv. Synthesizing the Literature
  • 5. May 27 – June 13 – Writing the paper

Course Entry Point

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