Class Meetings and Assignments


Week Dates Zoom & Visits Chapters Ed Research Assignments   Field Study Assignments—Done in Teams, Only one person uploads
    T TH F & S        
1 Oct 17-23 6:30-8:30 6:30-8:30   1 & 4 1—determine the problem    
2 Oct 24-30 6:30-8:30 6:30-8:30   2 & 3 2a&b—CITI training and conceptual map   Anatomy Article 1
3 Oct 31-Nov 6     Face-to-face 5 & 7 qual sampling & 8 3—annotated bibliography   Anatomy Article 2

Nov 7-13


6:30-8:30 6:30-8:30   6,7 quan sampling,  9 4—theoretical frameworks   Anatomy Article 3
5 Nov 14-20 6:30-8:30 6:30-8:30     5—lit review  

Apply chapters 6,7,9

SPSS Assignment 1

6 Nov 21-27 6:30-8:30     10 mixed methods, 11 action research 6—design a qualitative study  

Apply chapters 6,7,9

SPSS Assignment 2

7 Nov 28-Dec 4 6:30-8:30 6:30-8:30   12 putting it all together, 13 academic writing 7—design a quantitative study  

Apply chapters 5,7,8

Qualitative Assignment 1

8 Dec. 5-9         8—essay on ethical considerations  

Apply chapters 5,7,8

Qualitative Assignment 2


Week Class topics Students Prepare

T—librarian, an overview of the class, and 1st assignments

TH—ethics presentation and CITI training info, chapters 1& 4 LOs

Questions they’d like addressed

TH—Present assigned LOs for chapters 1&4


T chapter 2

TH chapter 3, discuss the week’s assignments

Questions they’d like addressed

T-have SPSS downloaded

T-revised draft purpose and research questions

T- LOs for chapter 2

anatomy of Fly in the buttermilk

anatomy of The Motivations of First-Semester Hispanic Two-Year College Students.

TH- LOs for chapter 3

3 Face-to-face visit

Questions they’d like addressed

SLOs for Chapter 5,7,8

Present CITI training modules

Share some of the theoretical frameworks and dissertations they’ve found


T—chapter 6

TH—chapter 7 & 8

Questions they’d like addressed

T- LOs for chapter 6

TH- LOs for chapters 7 and 8


T—SPSS work for Field Study

TH—SPSS work

SPSS questions
6 T—qualitative work for Field study  

T—qualitative work for Field Study continued, chapters 10 & 11

TH—chapters 12 & 13

Questions they’d like addressed

T- LOs for chapters 10 & 11

TH- LOs for chapters 12 & 13

8   Wrap up course


Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

These are to be presented by the person matching the number in the first column during class discussions of the various chapters.

Participant Numbering


1 Arca, Ahmy
2 Askey, Treva
3 Berreles-Acosta, Rosa
4 Cook, Channell
5 Freemansavage, Tashae
6 Griffith, DeDe
7 Hogue, Caleb
8 Jagne-Shaw, Marcel
9 Martinez, Vasiliki
10 Vasquez, Ricardo
11 Woolam, Patricia



# Chapter 1
1 Define the meaning of practitioner-scholar
2 State a working definition of educational research
3 Describe the problems of practice discussed throughout the textbook and their relationship to research
4 Summarize the purposes of educational research
5 Discuss the differences between the dominant research paradigms
6 Describe the meaning and role of ontology and epistemology in the research process
7 Identify and state the differences between research methodology and research method
8 Paraphrase basic definitions of qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and action research
  Chapter 2
9 Discuss the cyclical research process.
10 Summarize how to design a qualitative and quantitative research study.
11 Construct a research problem statement for a qualitative and quantitative study.
1 Illustrate the process of creating and evaluating research questions.
2 Describe the differences between a theoretical and conceptual framework.
3 Explain the general considerations for selecting a research methodology.
4 Identify common research methods associated with particular research methodologies.
5 Paraphrase the procedures for conducting a qualitative and a quantitative data analysis.
6 Describe the various data sources that might be included in a qualitative and quantitative study.
  Chapter 3
7 Describe the role and purposes of the literature review.
8 Discuss the various sections of a literature review.
9 Compare and contrast the role of a literature review for qualitative and quantitative research studies.
10 Develop a literature review in a step-wise fashion.
11 Assess the various types of sources.
1 Analyze literature for quality.
2 Identify technological tools to support the literature review process.
  Chapter 4
3 Summarize the role of ethics in the research process.
4 Discuss the role of institutional regulations and policies in research ethics.
5 Identify the purposes and procedures common to Institutional Review Boards (IRB).
6 Report ethical considerations for managing research relationships with schools and districts.
7 Explain key ethical considerations when planning, designing, carrying out, and reporting research.
8 Define the unique ethical considerations inherent to particular research approaches.
9 Construct examples of ethical issues that you might encounter when engaging in educational research.
  Chapter 5
10 ·       Describe common characteristics of qualitative research.
11 ·       Discuss the types of data typically collected in qualitative research studies.
1 ·       Summarize why a practitioner-scholar might undertake a qualitative research study.
2 ·       Identify what can and cannot be gained from qualitative research findings.
3 ·       Explain the basic characteristics and data sources commonly associated with case study, grounded theory, narrative.
4 ·       Explain the basic characteristics and data sources commonly associated with phenomenology, ethnography, and discourse analysis studies.
  Chapter 6
5 ·       Describe the basic characteristics of quantitative research
6 ·       Paraphrase some of the differences between the characteristics of quantitative research and qualitative research
7 ·       Summarize the differences between experimental and non-experimental research
8 ·       Illustrate the basic features of the selected approaches to quantitative research, including: experimental, single-subject, correlational, causal-comparative, secondary data analysis, and survey
9 ·       Explain the various ways in which a selected quantitative research study can be conducted
  Chapter 7
10 ·       Describe the primary differences between a sample and a population
11 ·       Identify the different qualitative sampling strategies
1 ·       Identify the different quantitative sampling strategies
  ·       Summarize the considerations for developing an interview, observation, and document collection protocol
2 ·       Paraphrase considerations for using student assessments, research instruments, surveys, and extant data
3 ·       Identify where and how to use technology tools to support the research process
  Chapter 8
4 ·       Describe the aims and purposes of qualitative data analysis.
5 ·       Illustrate the overarching steps of a thematic analysis.
6 ·       Summarize the types of transcripts.
7 ·       Discuss the various types of transcription software.
8 ·       Describe the different types of coding and their functions.
9 ·       Explain how to move from codes to themes.
10 ·       Summarize how validity has been conceptualized in qualitative research.
11 ·       Identify the role of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software in qualitative data analysis.
  Chapter 9
1 ·       Describe the aims and purposes of quantitative data analysis
2 ·       Illustrate the overarching steps in quantitative data analysis
3 ·       Compare and contrast descriptive and inferential statistics
4 ·       Demonstrate when to use descriptive or inferential statistics
5 ·       Compare and contrast different inferential statistics
DJ ·       Contrast Type I and Type II errors
DJ ·       Describe reliability and validity
6 ·       Summarize how to handle missing or incomplete data
7 ·       Discuss the role of computer software in conducting quantitative data analysis



Chapter 10 Learning Objectives

8 Define mixed methods research
9 Describe the basic assumptions of mixed methods research designs
10 Compare a qualitative-leading and a quantitative-leading mixed methods research design. Provide examples of each.
11&1 Identify the basic characteristics of the mixed methods research models, including: convergent parallel design, explanatory sequential design, exploratory sequential design, embedded design, multiphase design, and transformative design. Provide an example of each.
2 Discuss the differences between a fixed and an emergent mixed methods research design. Provide examples.
3 Formulate the steps of carrying out a mixed methods research study
4 Summarize how mixed methods analysis draws upon qualitative and quantitative analytic practices Provide examples


Chapter 11 Learning Objectives

5 Describe the characteristics of action research and participatory action research.
6 Identify the different types of action research. Provide examples.
7 Formulate the various criticisms of action research.
8 Outline and describe the action research cycle.
9 Assess the unique ethical considerations of action research.
10 Summarize the ways in which a website or blog might be used in the context of an action research study or a participatory action research study. Provide some examples


Chapter 12 Learning Objectives

11 Describe the main considerations for academic writing
1 Compare the various types of research reports
2 Explain the importance of considering your audience
3 Discuss the importance of using language carefully when writing research reports
4 Summarize the differences between qualitative and quantitative research reports
5 Identify technology tools that can be used to support writing up your research


Chapter 13  Learning Objectives

6 Demonstrate how your work as a practitioner-scholar intersects with the improvement of teaching and learning in your classroom, school, and/or district.
7 Summarize the value of practitioner-scholarship as an invitation to reflect, refine, and renew practices in your classroom, school, and/or district
8 Identify concrete ways that research can be used and the forums that you can create to share your work.
9 Recall the research process and useful methodologies.
10 Discuss the salient connections between the problems of practice and their relevance to your work.
11 Wrap Up for course