Introduction To Action Research:data Driven Decision Making –

edd567

(3 credits)

This course focuses on the foundations of action research. The course explores research as it affects decision-making and educational practices. Students are introduced to the various elements of an action research project, including problem statement and purpose, research design and writing skills, literature review, and action research requirements. Inferential and descriptive measures are examined, and methods for collecting, evaluating, and analyzing data are discussed. Students also identify ethical issues related to research, including basic theory and practice, a professional code of ethics, confidentiality, and research using human subjects.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Introduction to Action Research Objective

  • Identify the purpose and limitations of action research as it affects decision making and educational practices.
  • Identify appropriate topics for an action research project (ARP).
  • Describe the components of an ARP as overviewed in the Action Research Project: Student Handbook.
  • Compare rationales for conducting qualitative and quantitative research.

Action Research Design

  • Identify the elements of an effective problem statement.
  • Analyze the role of a hypothesis in action research.
  • Discuss the importance of the alignment of goals, expected outcomes, and analysis of results.
  • Determine varied sources relevant to the research problem, and review purposes and procedures for organizing a literature review.

Quantitative Research Design and Methods

  • Identify the elements of an effective planning matrix.
  • Assess quantitative research designs and methods.
  • Determine the role of problem formulation in quantitative research.
  • Examine issues of validity and reliability in quantitative research.

Qualitative Research Designs and Methods

  • Assess qualitative research designs and methods.
  • Determine the role of problem formulation in qualitative research.
  • Compare and contrast methods of collecting different types of data in both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Recognize issues of validity and reliability in data analysis.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

  • Analyze the purpose of descriptive statistics.
  • Construct appropriate tables, charts, and graphs to support research.
  • Apply appropriate data analysis and statistical techniques to action research.

Ethical Issues Related to Educational Research

  • Discuss the ethical use of data in educational decision-making.
  • Outline guidelines for conducting research using human subjects.
  • Assess ethical considerations when publishing reports of a research study.
  • Analyze the impact of technology on the ethical issue of confidentiality in educational research.

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