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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUCMI04 - Introduction to Enquiry Methods and Innovation Term 2

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is offered over two semesters and will provide opportunities for students to develop a flexible repertoire of enquiry methods and approaches that foster improvements and innovation in educational practice. The course serves as a common core foundation for enquiry and innovation components of other program specific courses. Students will be introduced to a range of practice relevant enquiry methods and research design options which involve the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods for collecting and analysing data. Students will develop advanced skills in formulating good research questions related to a professional challenge or area of practice and innovation they wish to focus on. Sampling strategies, research ethics and field relations will also be part of the course focus. Students will engage in critical evaluation of literature and will develop specialized knowledge and skills of enquiry principles and procedures, and educational policy and practice to develop their enquiry and innovation designs and producing reports of their innovation projects.

Books

Library Resources

Week 1

Introduction to the Course
Introduction to Educational Research
• Why Study Educational Research? What is Educational Research?

Required Reading:
• Newby, P. (2010). Research methods in education. Pearson. (Chapter 1:Research: A messy business).
• Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research : Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 1 Introduction to educational research).


Recommended Reading:
• Ary, D., Jacobs, L. C., Sorensen I., C. & Walker, D.A. (2019) Introduction to research in education (10th Edition). Wadsworth. (Chapter 1: The nature of research in education)

Week 2

Critical Research Reading and Writing – Making Best Use of Literature


Required Readings

• Johnson, B., R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational Research:Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches (7th Ed). Sage.
(Chapter 4)
• Hart, C. (2018). Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination. Sage. (The purpose of literature reviewing).


Recommended Reading
• Ary, D., Jacobs, L.C., Sorensen Irvine, C. & Walker, D.A. (2019). Introduction to research in education (10th Ed). Wadsworth (Chapter 3)
• Newby, P. (2010). Research methods in education. Pearson. (Chapter 5:Using literature in research)

Week 3

Development of Research Questions
Required Readings
• Robson, C. (2011). Real world research. Wiley. (Chapter 3: Developing Research Questions)
• Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 4)
Recommended Reading
• Ary, D., Jacobs, L. C., Sorensen, I. C. & Walker, D.A. (2019) Introduction to research in education (10th Ed). Wadsworth (Chapter 2: The nature of research in education)

Week 4

Principles of Coherent Research Design:
- Planning research design
- Characteristics of research design
Required Reading
• Newby, P. (2010). Research methods in education. Pearson. (Chapter 3:Putting your research design together)
Recommended Reading
• Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2011). Research methods in education. Routledge. (Chapter 3: Planning educational research).

Week 5

Ethics in Educational Research
Required Readings
• Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 6, Research Ethics).
• Alderson, P. & Morrow, V. (2020). The ethics of research with children and young people: A practical handbook. Sage. (Introduction: Why ethics matters)
Recommended Reading

• Ary, D., Jacobs, L. C., Sorense, C. & Walker, D. A. (2019). Introduction to research in education (10th Ed). Cengage. (Chapter 4).

Week 6

Qualitative Research: Philosophical Perspectives and How to Frame Problems
and Questions in Qualitative Research
Required Reading
• Creswell, J. W, & Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (4th Ed.). Sage. (Chapter 2)
Recommended Reading
• Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and Implementation (4th Ed). Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 1).

Assignment 2: Draft submission of research question (s)/and/or hypothesis

Week 7

Qualitative Research: Phenomenology, Ethnography, and Case studies
Required Readings
• Creswell, J. W, & Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (4th Ed.). Sage. (Chapters 4 and
5).
Recommended Readings
• Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and Implementation (4th Ed). Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 2).
• Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 15).
Introduction to Assessment 1: Article 1 Analysis

Week 8

Qualitative Data Collection
• Interview, Observations, and Visual Methods
Required Readings
• Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and Implementation (4th Ed). Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 6, observation).
• Creswell, J. W, & Poth, C. N. (2018). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches (4th Ed.). Sage. (Chapter 7, data collection: visual methods, observation & Interviewing).
Recommended Reading
• Margaolis, E. & Zunjarward, R. (2018). Visual research. In Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. (eds). The sage handbook of qualitative research (5th Ed) (pp
600-626). Sage.
Workshop on data collection – practice with tool development
Assignment 2: Draft of revised questions/and/or hypothesis

Week 9

Qualitative Research
• Action Research and Narrative
Required Readings
• Creswell, J. W. & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative
research (6th Ed). Pearson.

(Chapters: Action Research and Narrative Research).


• Messiou, K. (2019). Collaborative action research: Facilitating inclusion in schools. Educational Action Research, 27(2), 197-209.
Recommended Reading
• McNiff, J. (2013). Action Research: Principles and practice (3rd Ed).
Routledge. Chapter 1.
Assessment 1: Article 1 Analysis due

Week 10

Qualitative Research
• Data Analyses and Reporting
• Developing Coherence between Data Analysis and Elements of
Research plans
• Issues of Reflexivity and Trustworthiness
Required Readings
• Saldaña, J. (2015). The Coding manual for qualitative researchers. Sage.
(Chapter 1)
• Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and implementation (4th Ed). Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 9).
Recommended Readings
• Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand
Oaks. (Chapter 21).
• Merriam, S. B. & Tisdell, E. K. (2016). Qualitative Research: A guide to design and implementation (4th Ed). Jossey-Bass. (Chapter 8).
• Dodgson, J. E. (2019). Reflexivity in qualitative research. Journal of Human Lactation, 35(2), 220-222.
Workshop on qualitative data analysis and NVivo software
Start Assessment 3/ Data Analysis and Report activity 1

Week 11

Workshop: Practice with Qualitative Data Analysis and NVivo Software
Assessment 3/ Data Analysis and Report activity 1 submitted