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Education Research Courses (EDRS)



Graduate School of Education

531 Educational and Psychological Measurement (3:3:0). Emphasizes techniques and principles used in the construction, administration, and quantification of measuring devices for evaluation purposes; and interpretation of standardized tests of ability, aptitude, achievement, interest, and personality.

590 Education Research (3:3:0). Develops skills, insights, and understandings basic to performing research, with emphasis on interpretation and application of research results. The course critiques research and uses findings in educational settings.

591 Education Statistics (3:3:0). Introduces practical and applied aspects of statistics in education. Selected descriptive and inferential statistics, and statistical data processing are included.

597 See EDUC 597.

690 Research in Practice (3:3:0). Prerequisite: EDRS 590 or permission of instructor. Enables practitioners to develop skills for conducting research related to their professional practice. The course involves examining examples of such research, identifying research questions, identifying and using appropriate research designs and methods, writing up the results of the research, and exploring rationales for such studies.

797 See EDUC 797.

810 Problems and Methods in Education Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Admission to the Ph.D. program or permission of instructor. Advanced course in the interpretation and application of education research methods. Emphasizes comparing alternative philosophies of research, ways of formulating questions/hypotheses, research plans, and analysis procedures. Students evaluate existing studies and investigate a range of research approaches. The course is offered each semester.

811 Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of EDUC 810 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor. Emphasizes advanced methods of conducting research using quantitative methods of data collection and analysis appropriate for research in education. The course includes the design of experimental and quasi-experimental research studies and methods of analysis appropriate to these studies, including the analysis of variance and multiple linear regression. The course is offered each semester.

812 Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of EDUC 810 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor. Allows students to study and apply qualitative data collection and analysis procedures used in educational research, including ethnographic and other field-based methods, and unobtrusive measures. Emphases vary depending on the interests and needs of the students. The course is offered each semester.

820 Evaluation Methods for Educational Programs and Curricula (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of EDUC 810 or its equivalent, or permission of instructor. Explores the development and types of current systems and models for evaluating educational programs and curricula. Emphasis is on procedures for evaluating public and private elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, and government and industrial education programs. The course is offered every other fall semester in even-numbered years.

890 Research in Practice (3:3:0). Prerequisite: EDRS 810 or permission of instructor. Enables practitioners to develop skills for conducting research related to their professional practice. The course involves examining examples of such research, identifying research questions, identifying and using appropriate research designs and methods, writing up the results of the research, and exploring rationales for such studies.

895 Emerging Issues in Qualitative Research (3:3:0). Prerequisite: EDRS 812 or its equivalent. Examines current issues in qualitative research, such as designing and writing a qualitative research proposal, interviewing, collecting video data, using qualitative computer programs, analyzing data, and writing qualitative reports. This advanced seminar provides students with opportunities to apply new skills and knowledge to projects related to their own interests and to design relevant individualized components.


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