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Course Goals and Objectives

A. Demonstrate awareness of a scientific, cognitive and other approaches to obtaining knowledge. The student's responses to written and/oral questions and statements during discussion shall indicate understanding that:

  • Research is a process that can produce data helpful to classroom teachers.
  • Research is a knowledge acquisition process that involves:
  • inductive inferences based upon data
  • objective observation (i.e., observations that can be repeated by other normal persons)
  • frequently, the quantitative expression of observation
  • tentatively that allows all conclusions to be subjected to re-evaluation based on new or more reliable findings
  • Basic steps that include the definition of a problem, the design of a study based on a review of relevant theory and research, the gathering and analysis of data, and the careful drawing of conclusions.

B. Demonstrate the ability to locate and use research literature relevant to one's classroom interests and knowledge problems. The student should be able to:

  • Define a problem with sufficient specificity to serve as the initial basis for a literature search.
  • Use appropriate methods for a literature search, both in the university library or over the world wide web:
  • Use Utah's Pioneer system to access online resources to include SIRS Researches and World Book Encyclopedia.
  • Locate relevant resources using Utah State University's Library Homepage.
  • Participate in planning and conducting a computer search of preliminary sources-listed in (a) of articles and papers.
  • Locate relevant research articles, papers, dissertations and books.
  • Prepare bibliographic citations and note cards or computer files located in

C. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct research appropriate to the classroom setting (i.e. "Teacher research")

  • Design a basic quantitative study
  • Design a basic qualitative study
  • Design a needs assessment study
  • Design a formative evaluation study
  • Distinguish between types of studies and demonstrate ability to design and conduct a study with applicable to one's own setting

D. Demonstrate sophistication with handling objections and problems in conducting research to include:

  • Design of measures, attending to questions of reliability and validity.
  • Dealing with concerns of objectivity and observer bias
  • Obtaining financial and institutional support for research

E. Affective:

  • Demonstrate an attitude of openness to a variety of kinds of research
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage in research to find answers to problems

Acknowledgements are due to the major work contributed to this course by:
Drs. Walter Borg, Julie Landeen, Jim Shaver, David Lancy, Olga Jarrett, Charles Wales, Anne Nardi, and Ann DeVaney.

The major programming contribution was made by John Louviere, 2006

For more information on professor Eastmond, click here for his website:
http://inst.usu.edu/fac_display.php?id=8

To hear how the course was developed, see our webcast: (Fascinating)
http://www.usu.edu/webct/webcast

Textbooks for class

  • P. Leedy & J. Ormrod, Practical Research (7th Edition -- this is important).

  • Option: (Choose one or the other)
  • B. Bisplinghoff & J. Allen, Engaging Teachers. (For classroom teachers, K-12).
  • R. Clark & F. Estes, Turning Research into Results (For persons working in business or higher education settings).

Assignments

Unit 1 - Introduction

  • 2-Activities = 20pts

This Unit has 4 Modules. Modules 1 and 3 are short introductory lectures about the course and the text being used. Module 2 is an Activity to emphasize research organization. It is important to view the lecture after the Activity has been accomplished. Module 4 is an Activity to simulate using the Guided Design Method of doing research. There is no grading and the only evaluation is your own. You will automatically receive the 10 pts on the completion of the each Activity.

Unit 2 - Library Research and Ethics

  • Online Library Activity = 20pts
  • Research Ethics Certificate = 20pts

This Unit contains 4 Modules. Module 1 is an Activity that will give you experience with online research using the Pioneer and other resources. It is worth 20 points and will be graded. It is important to learn how to use the resources available to you over the Internet. Module 2 is the suggested reading in Practical Research, Chapter 4. Module 3 Includes reading sections of chapter 5 and an accompanying video. Module 4 begins your reading in Engaging Teachers, and starts with chapter 7. There is also an ethics activity with the National Institutes of Health, worth 20 points. If you are reading the Research to Results text, you only need to complete the activity.

Unit 3 - Engaging Teachers OR Turning Research into Results Text

  • Engaging Teachers Quiz = 50pts

This Unit contains 7 modules. Modules 1-6 are the reading that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 7, either in Engaging Teachers, OR Turning Research into Results. The quizzes are worth 50 points. Module 7 has two quizzes, simply select one based on the text you are reading. Both books were selected because they are useful, interesting, and fun. I think you will enjoy what the text you select has to offer.

Unit 4 - Quantitative Analysis: Channel One Assignment

  • Quantitative Analysis Activity = 20pts
  • Practical Research Quiz = 50pts

This Unit contains 6 Modules. Module 1 contains a Lecture that will explain the corresponding Activity. The Activity is a research simulation concerning Channel One. It simulates an actual quantitative research, using Guided Design, on Channel One. The activity is worth 20 pts. Modules 2,3,4 and 5 contain reading from Practical Research that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 6. The quiz is worth 50 pts.

Unit 5 - Qualitative Analysis: Recess Assignment

  • Qualitative Analysis Activity = 20pts
  • Practical Research Quiz = 50pts

This Unit contains 6 Modules. Module 1 contains a Lecture that will explain the corresponding Activity. The Activity is a research simulation concerning recess for elementary students. It simulates an actual qualitative research, using Guided Design, on the validity of recess. The activity is worth 20 pts. Modules 2,3,4 and 5 contain reading from Practical Research that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 6. The quiz is worth 50 pts.

Unit 6 - Design Your Own Research

  • Quantitative or Qualitative Research Design Activity = 50pts

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of designing your own qualitative or quantitative research. This activity is heavily graded and is used to determine what was learned from the simulations. It will be evaluated on how effectively Guided Design principles are used as modeled in the simulations. The activity is worth 50 pts.

Unit 7 - Formative Evaluation: Ednet Assignment

  • Formative Evaluation Activity = 20pts

This Unit contains 1 Module. It is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. The activity is a simulation of a formative evaluation of the USU Ed-Net system. The simulation models Guided Design principles. The activity is worth 20 pts.

Unit 8 - Needs Assessment or Creative Prospectus

  • Needs Assessment OR Creative Prospectus Activity = 20pts

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of needs assessment. The activity is a simulation of a needs assessment of the Instructional Technology Department. The simulation models Guided Design principles. The activity is worth 20 pts.

Unit 9 - Design Your Own 2

  • Formative OR Needs Assessment Research Design Activity = 50pts

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of designing your own formative or needs analysis. This activity is heavily graded and is used to determine what was learned from the simulations. It will be evaluated on how effectively Guided Design principles are used as modeled in the simulations. The activity is worth 50 pts.

Unit 10 - Conclusion

This Unit contains 1 Module. It is a short lecture that is to bring closure to the course.

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