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Ed. D 901- Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods (4 Credits)

This course is designed to provide advanced skills and knowledge to doctoral students for them to design and carry out and evaluate sophisticated research studies. As an advanced course it provides an in-depth examination of the issues and problems facing the educational researcher as he/she organizes a research study or a program evaluation. The course is not bound to any one paradigm, but examines educational research from various perspectives. The course focuses on the theory behind the methodology, advanced research design techniques and associated statistical procedures, internal and external validity, mixed methodology, and qualitative research tools common to the practice of education.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Through a series of readings, students learn on research issues, such as sampling selections, research ethics, causality and causal inference and positivism and non-positivism.
  • Study the logic of experimentation, measurement, validity and reliability.
  • Understand the logic and assumptions of good empirical research.
  • Learn different approaches to research design.
  • Understand the theory behind the methodology, advanced research design techniques and associated statistical procedures, internal and external validity, mixed methodology, and qualitative research tools common to the practice of education.