In this course, I introduced master’s students to the fundamentals of educational research, providing them with the knowledge and tools to find research problems, specify researchable questions, and conceive reasonable research designs. Over the course of the semester, I supported students in developing their own individual research proposals.
Course Description: This course is a graduate-level seminar designed to give students a basic introduction to the fundamentals of educational research – what it involves, in what ways various methodologies differ, and how to design and conduct such research. Students will develop the knowledge and tools to find research problems, specify researchable questions, and conceive reasonable research designs. While providing an introduction to the research process, this course will also engage students in examining the underlying assumptions that various research paradigms make about the nature of reality and knowledge. With an understanding of various research paradigms and their underlying assumptions, students will be prepared both to analyze existing research critically and to make methodological decisions about their own research.