mte561 | Graduate

Action Research

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This course focuses on the foundations of educational research. The purpose of research as it impacts decision-making and educational practices will be explored. Students are introduced to the various elements of an action research proposal including problem and purpose statements, writing style, literature review, research design, data collection, and data analysis. The purpose of statistics, as applied to educational research, is introduced; inferential and descriptive measures are examined. Students also identify ethical issues related to research including basic theory and practice, professional codes of ethics, government regulations, confidentiality, and research using human subjects.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Descriptive Statistics

    • Analyze the purpose of descriptive statistics
    • Identify appropriate uses for measures of central tendency
    • Analyze the elements of effective graphs and charts for data presentation
    • Examine the purpose of standard deviation in data analysis
    • Analyze uses for z-scores when conducting research
    • Examine the use of correlational statistics in educational research
    • Examine uses for frequency distributions in data collection and analysis

    Inferential Statistics

    • Identify the rationale for using null and alternate hypotheses
    • Examine the purpose of tests of statistical significance in educational research
    • Determine when a variety of statistical procedures are appropriate for different research purposes, including z-test, t-test, and Chi-square analysis

    Ethical Issues Related to Research and Technology

    • Analyze examples of research situations involving legal, ethical, or human relations issues
    • Examine the elements of the American Psychological Association's (APA) written code of ethics
    • Outline guidelines for conducting research using human subjects
    • Examine the ethical issues that can arise when publishing reports of a research study
    • Analyze the impact of technology on individual and social behaviors
    • Examine the ethical ramifications of using the Internet to transport and store school, student/employee, and personal data

    Educational Research

    • Examine various approaches to conducting educational research
    • Examine the elements that differentiate qualitative from quantitative research
    • Describe the purpose of research as it impacts decision-making and educational practices
    • Analyze various sources for research ideas

    Planning and Conducting Action Research

    • Examine the elements of an effective action research proposal outline and planning matrix
    • Analyze the elements of an effective problem statement
    • Identify the basic steps in developing an action research plan
    • Examine methods of collecting, analyzing, and organizing data
    • Evaluate methods for analyzing data in qualitative research

    Literature Reviews

    • Examine scholarly literature to document research problems and solutions
    • Differentiate between primary and secondary literature sources
    • Identify the elements of an effective literature review
    • Describe the steps involved in conducting an online literature review

    American Psychological Association (APA) Form and Style

    • Review the APA requirements for scholarly writing

    Organizing, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data

    • Analyze the importance of sampling methods
    • Compare methods for collecting different types of data
    • Explain how elements of research can affect validity and reliability
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