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By the end of this course you should be able to:
1. Use the reference area of the library, interlibrary loan services, and computerized databases to locate relevant articles and documents on a selected topic.
2. Conduct a systematic review of the literature for the purposes of (a) identifying research questions related to a student-selected topic, (b) describing the strengths and weaknesses in studies on the topic, and (c) delineating methodological issues to be resolved in designing a study in the area of the student’s topic. These skills will include the ability to:
a. Examine and critique previous reviews.
b. Write an introduction for the review.
c. . Write a problem statement, from the results of the review, for a future study.
3. Use APA when writing a literature review.
4. Outline a preliminary research proposal.
5. Describe the relationships among hypotheses, measures, and analysis procedures in a research proposal.
6. Define the major threats to the internal and external validity of an experiment.
7. Critically read published empirical studies to ascertain quality and usefulness.
8. Define target and accessible populations and explain the importance of both random sampling and random assignment in group experimental designs.
9. Define and assess independent as well as dependent variables.
10. Understand the issues related to collecting research data using tests, questionnaires, interviews, observation, and content analyses.
11. Understand test validity and reliability and the importance of those concepts when conducting research.
12. Understand the differences among nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio data and how these differences influence the selection of appropriate statistical procedures.
13. Understand the differences between descriptive and inferential statistics.
14. Understand the difference between statistical and practical significance including:
a. The meaning of statistical significance.
b. Measures of Effect Size.
15. Describe the methods and tools of:
a. Causal-comparative and descriptive research designs.
b. Correlational research designs.
c. Experimental, and quasi-experimental research designs
d. Single-subject research designs.
e. Case study methods.
f. Qualitative research methods.
g. Action Research
16. Understand the ethical, legal, and human relations issues in educational/psychological research.
Assignments : (Some instructions for assignment located at the end of syllabus and on Blackboard assignment link. Will use “video” instructions for most assignments. Al
1. Guided Reading/Brief Essay Questions
Questions 1-15 due February 15, 2011.
Question 27, 28 due March 22, 2011
Questions 16-26 due May 4, 2011
2. Article Critiques (4) 2/22/11
3. Mini-review of Literature (Draft I and Final)
Draft I due March 28, 2011
Final Copy May 3, 2011
4. Research Proposal
Entire Proposal due 4/18/2011
5. Article Synthesis assignment due by 2/8/11
6. Midterm (Available March 1-March 3) and Final Exam (May 9-11)-Book and “class activities” (i.e. video lectures)
Assignments will be weighted and averaged for final grade
(90-00A; 80-89 B; 70-79 C; 60-69, D; Below 60=F)
no late work accepted