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Introduction to Research in Education
EDRM 700 - Spring 2008
Gambrell 153
T TH 5:30 - 6:45
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I.               Course Description

Introduction to Research in Education is a three-credit course that focuses on the major methods and techniques of educational research.It is primarily intended for students of education.The course prerequisite is full admission to graduate standing or permission from the instructor. 

II.            Goals and Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of EDRM 700 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate educational research.The measurable learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which this goal is being met follow:

  • Students will describe the research process.
  • Students will apply research terminology to educational and everyday settings.
  • Students will analyze a described situation and select/explain the appropriate method of analysis.
  • Students will interpret the meaning of data analysis findings.
  • Students will critically analyze published works.

III.         Required Readings

  • Fraenkel, J. R., and Wallen, N. E. (2002) How to Design and Evaluate Research in Education. New York: McGraw Hill, 5th edition
  • Selected course handouts

IV.��Overall Structure of the Course

The course is designed to provide students with a variety of contexts for understanding and evaluating research methods and processes.Students will be expected to apply all terms and concepts presented in the course to research problems and studies.The typical class session will consist of:

  • Simple experiment
  • Lecture/discussion tying the readings to the experiment
  • Group sessions applying the week's readings and lecture material
  • Question/answer session

V.���Course Requirements

Students are required to participate in group and class discussion, take two examinations, and complete assigned homework.Students are expected to attend class, complete the weekly readings before class, ask questions, and turn in assignments on time.

Graded homework will be assigned approximately six times. The homework must be turned in the following class session.

The midterm will cover material from the first half of the course and should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The final exam will be comprehensive and may take the total time allotted for a class session.

VI.���� Course Policies

Homework will not be accepted after the due date.Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. 

The examinations must be taken as scheduled on this syllabus and as announced in class. Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.Make-up exams will differ from those given in class, but will cover the same material.The examinations are open book. 

Students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the instructor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the semester.  

Students in this course should be familiar with the university policies on Academic Responsibility contained in the Carolina Community: Student Handbook & Policy Guide, 2005-2006.Violations of academic responsibility in this course will be handled as stipulated in that publication.  

VII.�� Assessment and Grading

Students will be evaluated on homework assignments and two examinations.The examinations will be objectively scored using a scoring key.The homework assignments will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100, reflecting percent of possible points earned.Grades will be assigned using the following weights:


Grades will be assigned as follows:


VIII.Course Outline

Topics for each class meeting are listed below.However, circumstances may call for a departure from this schedule. Any changes to the schedule will be made in advance.Homework assignments will be handed out one week prior to the due date.

Jan 11 Introduction to Research Chapter 1  pp. 3-14, 16-22
  How we know Chapter 2  pp. 28-34
  Types of research Chapter 4  pp. 55-66
  Research questions Chapter 7 p. 118
Jan 18 Qualitative Research Chapter 18
  Overview Chapter 19  pp. 449-464
  Observation Chapter 20  pp. 481-494
Jan 25 Qualitative Research Chapter 21  pp. 511-519, 521-525
  Ethnographic studies Chapter 22  pp. 547-556
  Historical research  
Feb 1 Assessment Assessment handout
  Assessment as research  
  Assessment and Accountability  
  Best practices  
  Creating an assessment plan  
  Homework 1 due  
Feb 8 Data Collection Chapter 6
  Data collection instruments Chapter 7  pp. 119-128 130-135
  Validity, reliability, objectivity Chapter 8  pp. 157-159, 165-171
  Correlation Chapter 10  pp. 213-217, fig 10.21
Feb 15 Survey Research Chapter 17  pp. 395-402, 407-410
  Threats to internal validity Chapter 7  pp. 142-151
  Types of test scores  
  Measurement scales  
  Standard scores  
  Homework 2 due  
Feb 22 Midterm  
Mar 1 Descriptive Statistics Chapter 10  pp. 200-212
  Frequency distributions Chapter 3
  Bar charts, pie charts  
  Histograms, stem plots  
Mar 8 Spring break  
Mar 15 Correlational Research Chapter 15  pp. 337-353
  Statistical inference  
  Multiple regression  
Mar 22 Causal Comparative Research Chapter 16  pp. 367-375
  Homework 3 due  
Mar 29 Inferential Statistics Chapter 11
  Research hypothesis Chapter 12
  Hypothesis testing Chapter 23  pp. 570-572
April 5 Internal Validity  Chapter 9
  Experimental Research Chapter 13
  Homework 4 due  
April 12 Single Subject Research Chapter 14  pp. 307-320
  Article Critique  
  Homework 5 due  
April 19 Review/Practice Final  
  Homework 6 due  
April 29 Final  (5:30pm)