TL7761 School Based Research

University of Utah-Fall Semester, 2001 Wednesday 4:35pm - 7:35pm Room OSH 202
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Other times can be arranged
Instructor: Lisa Yamagata-Lynch
Office: MBH 131
*The University of Utah and the Department of Teaching & Learning seek to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. Reasonable prior notice is needed to arrange accommodations *Upon discussion with students, the instructor reserves the right to make revisions to the course syllabus

Purpose
The purpose of this course is for you to develop an understanding of what it means to conduct educational research. This course will specifically introduce you to ideologies pertaining to educational research that include data collection methods, hypothesis testing, educational measurement, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, research ethics, research reliability and validity, and value of educational research. As you can already see the list of contents is extensive for a 16-week course. Therefore, this course has been designed as an introductory survey course of the above issues that will give a jump-start to your ongoing inquiry into what educational research is and how to conduct educational research that matches your theoretical commitments. It is my hope that through this course you find the resources to continue your own further investigation.

Objectives
Develop!

  • Your understanding of multiple forms of educational research
  • Your commitment to a theoretical position
  • A community with your classmates as a team of collaborative researchers
Reflect!
  • On your understanding of educational research
  • On how your theoretical commitment affects your research
Share!
  • Your understanding of educational research
  • Your theoretical commitment
Practice
  • Designing educational research in your interest area
Assignments
Mini Papers 20 pts
You have to complete 5 mini papers. Mini papers are your reflections on the assigned course readings and discussions that take place during class. These mini papers should not exceed more than 2 pages single-spaced using 12-point font. The specific topic of the mini papers will be announced during class. The deadline of the mini papers is at the beginning of class on: 9/5, 9/19, 10/10, 10/31, and 11/21.

Online Discussions 20 pts

You have to contribute to 5 online discussion activities. These activities are designed for you to share your understanding of educational research, your theoretical commitment, how they affect each other, and the progress of your individual research project with the rest of your classmates. For every online discussion activity you will be responsible for making 1 post and replying to 2 classmates. The deadline of the online discussion activities is by 10am on: 8/29, 9/26, 10/17, 11/7, and 11/28.

Research Proposal 40 pts

You have to complete a research proposal. The proposal should follow the APA style and roughly include the following components:

I. Title Page (Name, affiliation, topic title, acknowledgments)
II. Review of the Literature (6-12 pages)
  • Intro to Topic/Problem (purpose, history, importance)
  • Review of Literature (contrast relevant literature on the topic)
  • Statement of Hypotheses/Research Q's (what do you expect to occur)
III. Method Section (3-7 pages)
  • Subjects and design
  • Dependent measures/instruments
  • Data collection method
  • Data analysis method
IV. Anticipated Results, Discussion, and Implications
V. References (APA style: see syllabus for example)
VI. Appendices (e.g., pictures, charts, figures, models, tests, scoring criteria, coding procedures)

The deadline of the research proposal is 5pm on 12/7. Bring your paper to my office at MBH 131.

Proposal Presentation 10 pts
You have to present your proposal to the class. For the presentation prepare a 2000 words document that roughly includes the following components:

I. Purpose
II. Theoretical Framework
III. Methods
IV. Data Presentation
V. Anticipated Results
VI. Implications


This presentation will take place during the 12/5 class session.

Course Expectations
Class Participation 10 points

You are expected to come to class and participate in a manner that provides evidence that you have read and reflected on the assigned readings and discussion that take place in class.

Signup to NiceNet No Points
You have to sign up and create an account with NiceNet at http://www.nicenet.org/ in order to participate in the online discussions. NiceNet is a free online discussion tool for educators.

Grades
The definitions for the letter grades are as follows:

A
Outstanding performance; excellent command of course content.
B
Good, solid work; Good command of course content.
C
Meet minimum requirements; Satisfactory performance; Average command of course content.
D
Marginally; below average command of course content; Minimally acceptable performance.
F
Unsatisfactory performance; Inadequate knowledge of course content.

Required Text
  • Creswell, J. W. (1998). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2000). Educational research: Quantitative and qualitative approaches. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • 7761 Course Pack from empire publishing 
Schedule
Week
Day
Topic Readings Assignments
1
8/22
Introduction    
2
8/29
Educational Research J&C Chp 1, Kaestel (1993), Lagemann (1999), Richardson (1994), Wong (1995) Online Activity
3
9/5
Preparing Educational Research Guest Speaker Robert Nelson Library Database Research J&C Chp 2, Schoenfeld (1999) Mini Paper
4
9/12
Quantitative Research Series: Introduction and Sampling J&C Chp 6
5
9/19
Quantitative Research Series: Measurement, Research Validity vs. Reliability J&C Chp 4, 7, Messick (1989), Moss (1994) Mini Paper
6
9/26
Quantitative Research Series: Research Design Part J&C Chp 8, 9, 10 Online Activity
7
10/3
Quantitative Research Series: Descriptive Statistics vs. Inferential Statistics J&C Chp 13, 14  
8
10/10
Educational Research Data Collection Methods J&C Chp 5, C Chp 7 Mini Paper
9
10/17
Qualitative Research Series: Introduction Denzin & Lincoln (2000), Eisner (1997), Peshkin (1996), Online Activity
10
10/24
Educational Research Ethics Guest Speaker Patricia MacCubbin the IRB Process J&C Chp 3, Steneck (1994)
11
10/31
Qualitative Research Series: 5 Traditions C Appendix B-F, Chp 3, 4 Mini Paper
12
11/7
No Class Individual Work Day
Online Activity
13
11/14
Qualitative Research Series: Verification and Triangulation C Chp 10, Denzin (1989), Matthison (1988)  
14
11/21
Mixed Methodologies Creswell (1994) Mini Paper
15
11/28
Writing Educational Research J&C Chp 16, C Chp 9 Online Activity
16
12/5
Student Presentations on Individual Projects

17
12/7
Final Paper Due 5pm   Final Paper

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