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ED 516 Introduction to Graduate Research
Lovern, J. Jeannette

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ED 516 Introduction to Graduate Research


F2P 2006 DL


Lovern, J. Jeannette


Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D. (Education)
M.L.S. (Curriculum and Instruction)
B.S. (Family Science/Communication)

Office Location


Office Hours

Response within 24 hours to e-mail

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

October 23 - December 17, 2006

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Text: An Elusive Science:  The Troubling History of Education Research (2000)
Author: Ellen Condliffe Lageman

ISBN: 0-226-46772-4

Text: Teacher as Reflective Practitioner and Action Researcher (2002)
Author: Parsons and Brown
ISBN: 0-534-55711-2


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Course Description:
An introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research, including research design. The purpose of this course is to enable the educator to become an informed consumer of research. Prerequisite: An intermediate college level statistics course. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that all people can learn. I believe that people learn best by doing. I believe that people have a variety of learning styles so a variety of learning experiences and strategies should be employed in the classroom. Finally, I believe that learning a journey that students and professors take together. In the best of situations, at the end of the journey, all have been transformed.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Investigate, read and understand research on current educational issues as measured in course papers.  (MoStep 1.2.9 & 1.2.3)
  2. Identify and discuss contemporary issues in educational research and psychology during classroom discussion. (MoStep 1.2.1 & 1.2.2)
  3. Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative research and critically analyze these methodologies during class discussion. (MoStep 1.2.8 & 1.2.7)
  4. Analyze the progression of scientific though and better understand its influence in education as part of participation grade. (MoStep 1.2.6 & 1.2.4)
  5. Understand the interrelatedness between educational research and teacher practice as demonstrated in classroom assignments. (MoStep 1.2.4 & 1.2.5)
  6. Construct a teacher research proposal, which corresponds to actual classroom problems and/or issues. (MoStep 1.2.9 & 1.2.1)

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

1.         Participation/Attendance:          Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  Each student will be an important member of the learning  community and class participation represents a substantial component of this course.  Moreover, the learning created through class discussion/postings, collaborative group work, and experiential learning will be essential for developing an understanding of course material.  Participation is imperative and lack of participation will result in lowering of the final grade. Discussion questions/assignments, which may be due midweek (Thursday night at 12 midnight), are also included in this participation category.  If you will be unable to participate in the online classroom due to medical reasons or employment-related demands including temporary duty,  please contact me immediately to make arrangements.  The student is responsible for all missed work.   Any student failing to login to this online class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse, will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified by email that an "F" will be recorded. This part of your grade will account for 45% of your total grade.  (See also "Guidelines for On-Line Participation" above).

2.      Action Research Proposal:  An action/teacher research proposal (8–10 pages) will be assigned that relies upon a triangulation of data (e.g. including both quantitative and qualitative data sources).  These two research orientations will be discussed throughout the duration of this course and this assignment will account for 25% of your final grade. 

3.     Group Project: Field Notes:  Groups will be assigned to compile and report on Field/Observation Notes that are constructed by each participant.  This assignment is intended to provide learners with an opportunity to engage in qualitative data analysis.  A specific format (with directions) will be provided during Week 3 for this activity that will account for 15% of your total grade.

4.     Final Proctored Exam:  The final essay exam will tie together basic information from course content (e.g. book, research articles and lecture).  This aspect will account for 15% of your final grade.  Failure to take the final exam will result in an "F".  The academic council at Park University has mandated that all Final Exams be administered by a proctor. 

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. 


Participation/Attendance: 45%

Action Research Proposal: 25%

Group Project Field Notes: 15%

Proctored Final Exam: 15%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will only be accepted for one week after the week in which it is due. Late work will be graded normally (for feedback purposes). Then, the student will receive 80% of those points for the late work.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
College-level grammar and spelling is expected. Professional conduct is expected. Respect for one another and self is expected.


Class Activities,



Meeting - 1,


Text questions
Lecture questions


Meeting - 2,


Text questions
Lecture questions
Piaget video and response


Meeting - 3,


Text questions
Lecture questions
Begin field notes/journals


Meeting - 4,


Text questions
Lecture questions


Meeting - 5,


Text questions
Lecture questions
Qualitative data analysis
Group field notes


Meeting - 6,


Text questions
Lecture questions
Cooperative Learning exercise


Meeting - 7,


Text questions
Lecture questions
Research proposal due


Meeting - 8,

Review Readings

Course questions

Final exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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