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CREV 580 - Techniques for Research in Curriculum and Instruction

This course was taken in the spring semester of 2007. Dr. Martha Craig is the instructor of this course. Dr. Craig is also the Associate Academic Dean at Maryville College. This course is designed to introduce and ensure students learn the defining characteristics and fundamental elements of the educational research process.

In this course learners also become familiar with the purposes and procedures of different research methods, and are introduced to the principles of the research design process. Learners also become familiar with understanding data analysis and interpretation techniques and recognize the implications of educational research for improved curricular / instructional practice.

There are nine steps involved in the research process, no matter what type of educational research it is that you are performing. The first step is that there is a "Problem." Along with this problem, there are "Questions," which is the second step in research. These questions are the main purpose of the research. The third step in the research process is to "Review the Research Literature." After reviewing the literature, the fourth step is to form a "Hypothesis." This hypothesis is going to guide your research. Next, the fifth step in the research process is the "Design" step. It is in this step where the "plan" is developed on how the research is going to be performed, or what direction you want the research to follow. Following this step, you gather a "sample population." This is performed in order to do the next step in the research process, which is to "Collect Data." This data aides is gathering information about your hypothesis. After you collect the data, this data needs to be "Analyzed," which is the eighth step in the research process. This analyzation will help to interpret and lead you to the final step in your research process. Finally, the ninth and final step in the research process is to "Form Conclusions and Implications." These are formed only after the first eight steps have been performed. To see an example of research literature that I wrote after reviewing literature in class during the semester in which I took this course, please click here. Thank you for your time.

My idea of what the word "research" means changed after taking this course. Prior to taking this course I thought that I had performed "research" for a course before. I was wrong! Dr. Craig introduced a whole new meaning to the term, which I have to admit, although it was long, hard work, it paid off dividends in the long-run. After taking this course I know how to correctly perform research, which will help me. Not only will it help me as I continue my education, but it will also help me when I begin my career as an educator.

 

 

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