Introduction to EDER 603. 21 L03 Research Methodology in Education. Hongxia Shan, PhD. Schedule. Self-introduction Introduction to the course Introduction to research in education Q and A . Self-introduction. A few words about yourself, particularly your professional backgrounds;
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Hongxia Shan, PhD
Introduction to the course
Introduction to research in education
Q and A
A few words about yourself, particularly your professional backgrounds;
Any experiences of research before;
Your research interests;
Your research questions if you have any;
The research methodologies that you are considering if you are at this stage.
Creswell, J. W. (2011). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, 4th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice-Hall.
Reading schedule is at the end of the course syllabus.
Expectations and assignments
To introduce you to a range of research methodologies;
To interrogate the personal pre-judgements and methodological positionings that frame your questions, selection of methods, data collection, and data analysis.
To introduce you to the issues and challenges of conducting ethical research.
Class expectations and assignments Education
All presentation materials should be posted by 9:00 pm Sunday night before your weeks start;
Small group discussion are expected;
Three days before the session ends (or by Friday), I will have a collective learning thread created where each discussion group, or the facilitators of the sessions will bring key questions and issues that emerged in your groups for our collective learning as a class.
Due date: Jan. 28 - A one page handout to the class submitted on Blackboard
Feb. 01 – A 3-to-5 page written journal submitted to the course instructor
With your partner (randomly assigned to you), select, analyze, and report on an educational research journal. The principal intention here is to engage critically with the manner in which journals contribute to the ways ‘acceptable claims’ must be formatted within a field.
In small groups, research, summarize, select exemplars for, present on, and lead a discussion of a prominent methodology in contemporary educational research.
Post all presentation materials by 9:00 pm Sunday night before your weeks start;
Small group discussion are expected;
Three days before the session ends (or by Friday), I will have a collective learning thread created where the facilitators of discussion will bring key questions and issues that emerged in your groups for our collective learning as a class.
In this 10–15-page document, you will begin to situate your interests, experiences, and expertise within one of more of the research methodologies and methods studied. This assignment will allow you the opportunity to present the research questions you have formulated and discuss the protocols relevant to your study.
See library information on blackboard
For more information, please see
(you can choose to start from 33 mins after the session starts)
Journal of educational research;
The journal of experimental education;
The journal of applied measurement;
The journal of learning disabilities;
International education journal;
Journal of teacher education;
International journal of lifelong learning;
Adult Education Quarterly
Research is organized, systematic, rigorous, and methodologicalinquiry that seeks to answer well-framed questions.
Research designs are plans and procedures for research that span the decisions from broad assumptions to detailed methods of data collection and data analysis. - it is the major body of your research proposal.
Contrast research and ordinary experiences:
In our daily experiences, we all note patterns and make generalizations;
Researchers may ask the same question, but use organized, systematic, rigorous and methodological ways to do so;
One of the hallmarks of good research is disconfirmability. In good research, the findings can surprise you.
Answer a question;
Understand patterns and changes;
Predict for the future;
Inform policies, practices, and actions;
Researchers need to protect their research participants, promote the integrity of research; and guard against misconduct and impropriety.
Determine whether the topic is worthy studying;
Provides insights into ways in which the researcher can limit the scope to a needed area of inquiry;
Determine if your study is innovative or needed, or how your study can be innovative and contribute to knowledge building;
Identifying key words which may emerge when exploring a topic;
Search for articles and books (ERIC, Proquest, Google Scholar);
Locate a number of articles, browse them, produce annotated bibliography – using APA reference style for educational research, and identify those articles central to your topic;
Develop a literature map: virtual picture of groupings of the literature on the topic;
Draft summaries of the most relevant articles;
Assemble the literature review, structuring it thematically or organizing it by important concepts.
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