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SED RS 500: Res Methods
SED RS 600: Introduction to Research
Designed to introduce students to social science research methods including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches to education inquiry. Students will develop skills in conducting literature searches, reading empirical research studies and applying these methods. Students leave the course better able to critically examine research presented in the mass media, critically engage with research in the workplace, and participate in research- based efforts to improve education. 4 cr.
SED RS 620: Action Research and Practitioner Inquiry
Overview of the foundations and techniques for conducting action research. Encourages the development of an inquiry stance within the practice of teachers, principals, and other school-based practitioners. Students engage in planning, collecting, and analyzing data through an action research project. 4 cr.
SED RS 652: Qualitative Research Methods
The historical and theoretical bases and the techniques for conducting qualitative research. Analysis of the questions for which qualitative research is best suited and how it differs from quantitative research. Consideration of ethical issues in qualitative research. Students critique published research and engage in planning a study, gaining entry, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting the findings. 4 cr.
SED RS 653: Quantitative Research Methods
Conceptualization of quantitative research problems. Study descriptive and inferential statistics most commonly used for analyzing data in educational research including t-tests, ANOVAs, multiple comparisons, correlation, regression, and chi square. Emphasis placed on interpretation. Research project requires identifying a problem, gathering and analyzing data, and writing the results in APA format. 4 cr.
SED RS 654: Educational Inquiry and Proposal Writing
Overview of foundational questions related to what is important and knowable about educational matters (including issues of objectivity and subjectivity) and how different empirical methods of inquiry respond to such questions. Topics include: standards of believability, persuasiveness, and utility in different kinds of inquiry and the relationships among theoretical, quantitative and qualitative methods in the cycle of scientific discovery. Emphasis is on formulating significant research questions, clarifying important concepts for research, and preparing sound research proposals. Open only to matriculated doctoral students who have completed the prerequisites. 4 cr.
SED RS 699: Research Apprenticeship
Collaboration with a faculty member on funded or unfunded research. Particular focus will depend on the stage of design or implementation of the particular study, and may include formulation and refinement or research questions, design of the methodological plan, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report of findings. Var cr.
SED RS 750: Advanced Research Seminar
Graduate Prerequisites: Three graduate-level research courses including RS654 and consent of instructor.
Provides direction on substantive and procedural issues in the design and conduct of research. Requires students to present drafts of their dissertation proposals for critique in seminar format and to contribute to the constructive criticism of proposals presented by fellow classmates. Graduate Prereq: For doctoral students who have already clarified their research interests and are ready to work on their dissertation proposals. Three graduate-level research courses and consent of instructor. 4 cr.
SED RS 751: Program Evaluation
Graduate Prerequisites: two graduate-level research courses and consent of instructor.
Alternative approaches to evaluation; consideration of stakeholders; specification of multiple outcomes; program monitoring; formative and summative designs; practical guidelines for planning, conducting, reporting, and using evaluations; role of the evaluator; necessary skills; political, ethical, and interpersonal aspects. Applicable to curricular interventions, training programs, social action projects, social policies. Case studies and student proposals are critiqued in seminar. Prereq: Two graduate-level research courses and consent of instructor. Requires some pilot testing. 4 cr.
SED RS 752: Seminar in Qualitative Research
Designed for advanced doctoral students who are analyzing and/or interpreting qualitative data to work with other students under the direction of a faculty member. Students in the course will give presentations of their ongoing work, which will be subject to feedback form the entire semester. 4 cr.
SED RS 900: Ind Study
Prereq: Approval of advisor. Signed plan of study must be submitted in advance of registration on an Independent study form obtained from the SED Office of Records. Variable cr.
SED RS 999: Dissertation Ad