This course focuses on recognizing, designing, and conducting valid, reliable, and ethical educational research for improving teaching and learning. Published studies are critiqued by identifying strengths and limitations of the methodology and evaluating potential impact on educational practice. Action research design, evaluation of literature and published studies, decision analysis, and methods for communicating and implementing results are practiced through several experiences.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Recognize and differentiate between appropriate use of and the processes involved in conducting descriptive/experimental research and quantitative/qualitative research.
- Develop skills to generate research questions, review relevant literature and devise a plan for descriptive research.
- Critique published educational research by identifying limitations, assumptions, and biases of studies.
- Determine appropriate sources of data and data analysis for action research.
- Design basic action research implementing accepted design and reporting methods.
- Design a plan for communicating and implementing action research findings within an educational organizational setting.