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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUCMI04 - Introduction to Enquiry Methods and Innovation Term 3

Course Description Term 3

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 practicerelevant 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 projectsThis 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 practicerelevant 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

Resources

 

Week 1

 

Quantitative Research: Philosophical Perspectives and How to Frame Problems and Questions in Quantitative Research.

Required Reading 

Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. (5th Ed). Sage. (Chapter 1)

Recommended Readings 

Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (5th Ed). Sage. (Chapters 6 & 7)

 

Week 2

Quantitative Research • Non-experimental Research

Required Reading 

Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapter 14).

Recommended Reading 

Creswell, J. W. & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (6th Ed). Pearson. (Chapter 11)

 

Week 3

Quantitative Research • Experimental Research

Required Reading 

Creswell, J. W. & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (6th Ed). Pearson. (Chapter 10/Experimental designs)

Recommended Reading 

Johnson, B. R. & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th Ed). Thousand Oaks. (Chapters 12 and 13 experimental designs).

 

Week 4

Quantitative Research: Data Collection Methods • Tests • Questionnaire and survey • Structured Observations • Secondary Data

Required Readings 

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches. (Chapters 8 & 9)

Recommended Readings 

Ary, D. & Jacobs, L.C., & Sorensen, I. C. & Walker, D.A. (2019) Introduction to research in education (10th ed). Wadsworth. (Chapters 5 & 17

 

Week 5

Quantitative Research: Validity & Reliability of Tools and Results

Required Reading 

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th ed). Sage (Chapter 11)

Recommended Reading 

Ary, D., Jacobs, L.C., Sorensen, I., C. & Walker, D.A. (2019) Introduction to research in education (10th ed). Wadsworth (Chapter 6)

 

 

Week 6

Quantitative Research: Analysing and Reporting Quantitative Data • Introduction to SPSS • Descriptive Analysis and Reporting • T-test Analysis and Reporting

Required Readings 

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7 th ed). Sage. (Chapters 18 and 19)

Recommended Reading 

Ary, D., Jacobs, L.C., Sorensen, I. C. & Walker, D.A. (2019). Introduction to research in education (10th ed). Wadsworth. (Chapter 7)

 

Week 7

Quantitative Research: Analysing and Reporting Quantitative Data • Correlation Analysis and Reporting • ANOVA Analysis

Required Readings 

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7 th ed). (Chapter 20)

Recommended Reading 

Ary, D., Jacobs, L. C., Sorensen I., C. & Walker, D. A. (2019). Introduction to research in education, 10th ed. Wadsworth (Chapter 8)

 

 

Week 9

 

Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

Required Readings 

Creswell, J. W., & Plano Clark, V. L. (2017). Designing and conducting mixed methods research (3rd ed.). Sage. (Chapter 1). 

Cooper, K. S. (2014). Eliciting engagement in the high school classroom: A mixed-methods examination of teaching practices. American Educational Research Journal, 51(2), 363–402.

Recommended Reading 

Kington, A., Sammons, P., Day, C., & Regan, E. (2011). Stories and statistics: Describing a mixed methods study of effective classroom practice. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 5(2), 103 - 125.

 

 

Week 10

Qualitative and Quantitative Mixed Method Strategies

Required Readings

Creswell, J. W. & Guetterman, T. C. (2019). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (6th Ed). Pearson. (Chapter 16 mixed methods designs)

Recommended Reading 

Morse, J. (2010). Procedures and practice of mixed method design: Maintaining control, rigor, and complexity. Tashakkori, A., & Teddlie, C. (2010). In SAGE handbook of mixed methods in social & behavioral research *2nd Ed.) (pp. 339-352). Sage.

 

Week 11

Research Proposal: Framework and Strategies

Required Readings

Johnson, B., & Christensen, L. (2020). Educational research: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed approaches (7th ed). (Chapter 5)

Recommended Reading

Walliman, N. (2020). Your research project: Designing, planning, and getting started. Sage