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2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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ED 520 - Research Design in Education

Provides knowledge and skills for students to effectively design and conduct research. Identification and classification of research problems, comparative survey of research designs, and selection of appropriate research methods will be investigated. This course is intended to provide students with the preparation needed for the selection and design of their ED 600 capstone project. Options for the capstone project will be reviewed, and a potential research project outline will constitute the post-residency requirement.

Prerequisites & Notes

This course is offered online as part of the MSEd curriculum with monthly start dates.

It will also be offered during the 2016 summer session with an on campus component.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Identify the most frequently used types of educational research designs, their various purposes and applications, and the situations and contexts for which they are most appropriate. 
  • Characterize the differences and similarities between quantitative and qualitative research designs. 
  • Frame formally researchable questions, identify appropriate data to collect for them, and select proper procedures and instruments for their collection. 
  • Identify the different types of variables and their central roles in research, the uses of some and the dangers of others, and learn to beware of extraneous variables and surrogate indicators. 
  • Characterize how hypotheses are framed and tested and how the issues of validity and reliability are involved with different research designs. 
  • Recognize how research projects may emerge from workplace situations and the potential opportunities and limitations of applying their results to the workplace. 
  • Recall the five standard component sections of a research report, particularly as they are required in the ED 600 Research Project capstone course, and become familiar with the requirements of the formal literature review for research reports.

Credits: 3 Offered: Online: Summer Session 2016, Week 1: Semester 201703

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