Syllabus

Course Objectives | Class Readings | Assignment Grading & Due Dates| Weekly Schedule

Instructor
Dr. Jan H. Spyridakis, 419 Sieg Hall, 685-1557
jansp@u.washington.edu

Class Hours
Mon. & Wed. 1:30-3:20, Sieg 228

Office Hours
By appointment

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Construct a research problem and specific research question based on relevant literature
  • Identify relevant variables
  • Create hypotheses
  • Design a research study
  • Construct and administer experimental instruments
  • Select and apply appropriate data analysis methods
  • Write a research report

Class Readings

  • Creswell, J.W. (2008). Educational Research (Third Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Salkind, N.J. (2007). Statistics for People Who Hate Statistics (Third Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.
  • See the HCDE 516 website for links to descriptions of assignments, worksheets, and related websites.

Assignment Grading and Due Dates      

  Weight
Due
Short Assignments--not graded but make a good effort toward these for credit--(look at syllabus or course resources for more information and materials)
30%
 
2 Worksheets   4/1
1 Research Quest/State/Var. ID Worksheet
1 Research Question Worded for Your Own Study
  4/6
List of variables on different scales   4/8
SPSS assignments and results write-ups (2 assignments--see Course Resources Page)   4/20
5/04
2 Variable ID/Validity/Statistics Worksheets   4/22
5/04
With peers (see syllabus), present a 10 min. summary to the class of either Chapter 12, 14, 15, 16, or 18.   5/18
Methods and Results Section for your own final paper--posted in MS Word on GoPost--by midnight   5/21
Peer review of two other students' Methods and Results Sections posted on on GoPost--not an edit, but a constructive critique of what your peer has done well and where they could improve--by 2 p.m.   5/24
You are expected to attend and participate in class. This class is run as a seminar; hence, you learn a lot in the class from your peers and you need to be there and contribute!    
Major Assignments
70%
 
Midterm Quiz
20%
5/09
Oral presentation on research paper (look at Assignments on the 516 website for instructions)
10%
5/27
6/01
6/03
Research paper on topic of student's choice (look at Assignments on the 516 website for instructions)
40%
6/08

Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Mar. 30
Introduction to research in HCDE. Qualitative vs. quantitative research. Preview research questions and variable types. Two handouts: Research Article Form Abbreviated, and Research Article Form with Research Design and Statistics (this second form is for reference throughtout the quarter).

Read: Creswell: Ch. 1 (1-16); & Ch. 2 (pgs. 45-65)

Apr. 1
Writing research questions/research statements and identifying independent (and moderator), dependent, and control variables.

Read: Creswell: Ch. 3; pgs. 120-136

Workshop on identifying variables and constructing research questions/statements.

Due: 2 worksheets. You may handwrite your answers.

Week 2

Apr. 6
Identifying relevant literature.

Read: Creswell: Ch. 4

Review the literature review of three sample articles for the approaches that the authors used in framing their studies (you are not trying to master the lit.; but you are trying to compare how the authors rhetorically approached the background for their studies, i.e., the literature review). These same articles are also listed for April 13.

Due by class:

  • Three copies of one Research Question/Statement/Var. ID Sheet for an article relevant to your possible course topic (be careful, there are two similar worksheets--the link here leads to one that does not discuss statistics).
  • Research Questions/Variables--A Beginning. For class, think of a research problem you could focus on for your class project. Then identify relevant independent and dependent variables, and write a research question/statement.

Apr. 8
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and human subjects. Measurement scales. Sampling.

Statistics review: overview of descriptive and some inferential statistics (means, variance, and standard deviation; correlation, Chi square). Bring to class: Research Article Form with Research Design and Statistics

Read:

Due by class:

  • List out 5 nominal, 5 ordinal, and 5 interval variables (total of 15)
Also see related Web resources on statistics (check the Course Resources page). The UW has an SPSS 17 site license; if you desire, you can buy a copy of SPSS at the UW Book store for $70. The HCDE Dept. has copies on its machines in the HCDE lab. Mary Gates Computing lab as well as CSSCR also have SPSS on all machines.
Week 3

Apr. 13
Constructing hypotheses. Operational definitions, alternative hypotheses. Reliability and validity of instruments.

Read:

  • Creswell: pgs. 136-140; 160-179
  • Salkind: pgs. 101-132

Review of three sample articles--read through them and bring them to class (for this week, specifically focus on the research questions/statements and hypotheses--refer back to Research Article Form Abbreviated).

Apr. 15--Meet in HCDE Computer Lab
Excel and SPSS Demo. Means, Standard Deviations, Variance, Chi Square, Correlations revisited (not t-tests or ANOVAs, yet).

Explain/assign short data analysis and results write-up assignment I (due 4/20)—see Course Resources Web page for assignment instructions and for Instructions on Importing Excel Files into SPSS.

The UW has an SPSS 17 site license; if you desire, you can buy a copy of SPSS at the UW Book store for $70. The HCDE Dept. has copies on its machines in the HCDE lab. Mary Gates Computing lab as well as CSSCR also have SPSS on all machines.

Read:

  • Creswell: pgs. 182-195.
  • Salkind: pgs. 5-47 (descriptives); 74-86 (correlations); 262-270 (Chi Square); 302...(Using SPSS)
Week 4

Apr. 20
Experimental designs. Manipulating and controlling variables. Internal and External Validity.

Read:

Due: Short data analysis and results write-up I from Apr. 15

Apr. 22
Experimental validity cont. Discussion of SPSS assignment that you turned in on Apr. 18.

Read:

  • Lysynchuk, L. et al. (1989). A Methodological Analysis of Experimental Studies of Comprehension Strategy Instruction. Reading Research Quarterly, 24, 2, 458-470 (in the packet).
Week 5

Apr. 27--Meet in HCDE Computer Lab
Statistics revisited and inferential statistics. SPSS demonstration.

Read:

Explain/assign Data analysis and results write-up assignment II (due May 4 by 10:00 a.m. in Jan's mailbox or by email to her)--see Course Resources Web page for assignment instructions.

Apr. 29
Interpretation of statistics used in existing research (read and analyze the results sections from the three sample articles assigned for Apr. 13 (bring them to class). Do this analysis by working on: Questions on Three Articles for Class Discussion.

  • Bring the article and the completed worksheet (to the best of your ability) to class.
Week 6

May 4
Statistics cont. Discussion of student papers based on Data analysis and results write-up assignment II from Apr. 27.

Due by 10 a.m. in an email to Jan: Data analysis and results write-up assignment II from Apr. 27

May 6
In class exercise as practice for take home quiz.

Read:

Study the top blue box on pg. 148 of Creswell. Bring both of your books to class.

Due:

  • Take home quiz handed out at end of class--Due May 11
Week 7

May 11
Discussion of Quiz and Students' Variable ID/Validity/Statistics Worksheet for their own studies. Meet in HCDE Computer Lab.

Due:

May 13
Power and effect size.

Read:

Due:

  • Form group for May 20 qual methods discussions
Week 8

May 18
Brief review of research article form. Bring the three articles we first looked at on April 6.

Questionnaire design. Bring a transparency of a questionnaire and paper copies for four class members—your group will decide on salient points to show the class about some of your discussion group's questionnaires.

Read:

  • Creswell: Chs. 10 & 13
  • Selected Issues in Questionnaire Design--Class handout

May 20

Quantitative versus qualitative analyses, methods, arguments.

With 3-4 peers (we will form groups on May 13), create a 10 min. summary of either Chapter 12, 14, 15, 16, or 18. You will present the summary to the class. Check the GoPost for your groups.

Read:

  • Creswell: Ch. 17 Creswell and Chs. 8 & 9 (thinking about how the information in these chapters complements or contrasts with what we have been focusing on in class)
  • Either Chapter 12, 14, 15, 16, or 18 (Different groups of students will read and present on one of these chapters).
  • Hammersley, Martyn. 1992. Deconstructing the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide. What's Wrong with Ethnography? London: Routledge.

Due: Methods and results sections for your final paper. Post your methods and results on GoPost by midnight Thursday, May 21.

Peer review: Using the commenting and tracking functions in MS Word, please comment on the papers of two of your peers--you will see a list of three person peer pairs on Go post on May 21th--post your results and peer reviews within the discussion threads with your names on them. Use GoPost for the peer reviews...be kind but helpful to each other--due by Sunday, 5/24 at noon.

Week 9

May 25
Memorial Day

May 27
Presentation of student oral presentations (look at Assignments on the 516 website for instructions).

Week 10

June 1
Presentation of student oral presentations (look at Assignments on the 516 website for instructions).

June 3
Presentation of student oral presentations (look at Assignments on the 516 website for instructions).

 


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