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Educational Research (EDRE) Courses
EDRE 5530 Introduction to Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Offered every semester, including online.
- Basic concepts of educational research design, statistics, and measurement
- Focus is on reading and critiquing research articles
- Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics
- Conduct a review of the literature
EDRE 5550 Action Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Offered every fall (Outreach).
- Introduce experienced classroom teachers to action research methodology
- Review and critique action research studies
- Plan, implement, and write up an action research study conducted in a classroom setting
EDRE 5600 Educational Research 1: Descriptive Research (3 credits)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, EDRE 5530 or consent of instructor. Offered every fall (campus) & spring (Outreach).
- Basic concepts of educational survey research design, statistics, and measurement
- Focus is on descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency, variability, percent and frequency distribution, bivariate correlation, graphical displays, testing hypotheses about proportions)
- Develop questionnaires (includes validity and reliability)
- Plan, conduct, and report survey study using APA style
EDRE 5610 Educational Research 2: Group Comparison Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: EDRE 5530 and EDRE 5600. Offered every fall (Outreach) & spring (campus).
- Concepts of experimental and ex post facto research designs, statistics, and measurement
- Focus is on inferential statistics (bivariate correlation, testing hypotheses about means using t-tests, one-way ANOVA, factorial ANOVA, and ANCOVA)
- Construction of attitude scales and other instruments used in research (includes validity and reliability)
- Plan, conduct, and report group comparison study using APA style
EDRE 5620 Educational Research 3: Correlational Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: EDRE 5530, EDRE 5600, and EDRE 5610. Offered every fall (campus).
- Concepts of correlational research, statistics, and measurement
- Focus is on the design and analysis of results from correlational studies
- Statistical topics include MANOVA, multiple regression, factor analysis, and discriminant analysis
- Includes measurement topics in classical measurement theory and additional topics in validity and reliability
- Plan, conduct, and report correlational study using APA style
EDRE 5630 Educational Research 4: Multivariate Research
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, EDRE 5600, EDRE 5610, and EDRE 5620. Offered every spring (campus).
- focus is on multivariate analysis, clustering, and discriminant analysis
- understand path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling
- understand the assumptions, proper uses, and limitations of all techniques
EDRE 5640 Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: EDRE 5530. Offered every fall (outreach).
- Survey of qualitative research designs
- Introduction to methodological issues (epistemology, theory, trustworthiness, reflexivity)
- A thorough treatment of observation and interview techniques
- Experience with basic forms of data analysis
EDRE 5650 Advanced Qualitative Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: EDRE 5530, EDRE 5640. Offered every spring (outreach).
- Develop expertise in relevant research designs
- Discuss methodological issues such as trustworthiness of data, generalizability in qualitative research, researcher-participant relationships, and reflexivity
- Study and practice advanced qualitative data analysis strategies
- Engage in discourse analysis
EDRE 5660 Dissertation/Thesis Prospectus Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisites are at least two of the following: EDRE 5600, EDRE 5610, EDRE 5620, EDRE 5640, and EDRE 5650 (or equivalents) or consent of instructor. Offered every spring and summer (both online).
- Purpose is to develop a first draft of thesis/dissertation proposal (typically chapters 1-3)
- Topic is chosen in consultation with student's committee chair
- Topics addressed include focusing on a research problem, conducting a literature review, and designing appropriate methodology
This course cannot be used to meet research hour requirements for UW graduate degrees.
EDRE 5670 Mixed Methods Research
Prerequisites are at least EDRE 5600 (or equivalents) and EDRE 5640 (or equivalents). Offered every spring (on-campus).
- Purpose is to provide students with a definition of mixed methods, the history and foundations, and specific types of mixed methods design
- Discuss strategies for locating and reading mixed methods studies
- Plan a mixed methods study using APA style