Course GEDU 712 | Every fall semester.
Course GEDU 708 | Research Methods in Education
General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.
Objectives or Outcomes:
- Understand the basic concepts necessary for performing and interpreting advanced statistical methods
- Understand the principles and appropriate uses of qualitative research
- Critique examples of qualitative research studies
- Develop skills in observation, interviewing, and writing fieldnotes
- Design, conduct, and report on a small-scale qualitative study
- Foundations of qualitative research in education
- Research design: questions, cases, and samples
- Access to sites and participants
- Field relations and ethical issues
- Collecting qualitative data: observation, interviewing, and writing fieldnotes
- The process of analysis and interpretation
- Writing and reporting on research
Criteria of Course Completion:
Students are evaluated on participation in class, written assignments, oral presentation of research, and a written research paper.
Possible Course Textbooks:
Bogdan, R.C. and Biklen, S.K. (1992). Qualitative research in education: An introduction to theory and methods (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Metz, M.H. (1978). Classrooms and corridors: The crisis of authority in two desegregated secondary schools. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Patton, M.Q. (1990). Qualitative evaluation methods. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
Note: A course reader will include journal articles that represent exemplary models of qualitative research studies.