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        Auburn University Montgomery

                 Department FSPE

               Research in Education

FED 661
Dr.  H. Williford
Room 108 Physical Education Building
Phone 334-244-3548
Email:  hwilliford@edla.aum.edu
Fax:  334-244-3472

Address:
Human Performance Lab
Auburn University Montgomery
PO Box 244023
Montgomery, AL 36124-4023

FED 661 COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course invites students to be knowledgeable consumers of educational research.  Consumer skills cluster around the ability to critique existing professional studies; i.e., recognize valid research design, & recognize methods of scientific inquiry.  Students conduct electronic data base searches, critique professional journal articles and  write a proposal to do research.  The ability to read professional journal articles and to write a simple proposal will enable class members to respond to the type of questions used in competency and comprehensive examinations at the conclusion of the Master's program.

Some class time is spent discussing the research aspect of local and state educational problems and  investigating some of the logical research applications. Class members are encouraged to apply course material to their specialties and to generate products to use in their classrooms/agencies.

TEXT:   REQUIRED

Ary, D., Jacobs, C. L., & Razavieh, A. (1996). Introduction to research in education (5th ed.). Fort Worth, Harcourt Brace.

TEXT:  SUGGESTED

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fourth Edition

Attendance:  Required

Exam 1:  Counts  30% of total grade.
Exam 2:  Counts  30% of total grade.
Critique:  Counts 10% of total grade.

Proposal:  Proposal 30% of total Grade
 

GRADING SYSTEM:  GRADING SCALE
  91 - 100  =A
  81 -  90  = B
  71 -  80  = C
  60 - 70 =   D

INSTRUCTORíS COURSE OBJECTIVES :

1.  The student will be able to identify valid research methods.
2.  The student will be able to critique research studies in the students area.
3.  The student will be able to complete ERIC or other literature searches without aid.
4.  The student will be able to write an acceptable  proposal to do research.
5.  The student will be able to read and evaluate research articles or research in their area.
6.  The student will be able to interpret basic statistical concepts

ASSIGNMENTS:

EACH STUDENT WILL COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Critique a professional journal article in  your content area.  Articles that review or summarize existing literature in the field or position papers are not appropriate for this assignment. Please do not consider popular magazines, Sunday supplements or regularly published magazines for the first assignment.  Only professional journal articles will be accepted.  You will present your critique to the class.

THE ASSIGNMENT CALLS FOR (1) CRITIQUE.  THE ARTICLE MAY BE USED AS PART OF YOUR FINAL PROJECT.  All reports are to be typed using the APA bibliographic citation form as the heading for each critique.  You will review the article and answer the questions provided.  You will summarize and review the article with the class.

 Example of APA reference to Journal article:

In Text:
(Williford, et al., 1996)

In Reference Section:
        Williford, H. N., Scharff-Olson, M. S., Wang, N., Blessing, D. L., Smith, F. H., & Duey, W. J. (1996). Cross-validation of non-exercise predictions of VO2peak in women. Medicine And Science In Sports And Exercise, 28(7), 926-930.

2.  The examinations count as  60% of your  final grade.

3.  Submit a proposal to do research.  Follow  APA STYLE.  You will receive the appropriate format.  Follow the approved format. You are to provide a copy for correction and a copy that will be kept on file in the School of Education.  This copy will not show comments or  grades.  Your original paper will be returned to you with comments, a grade  and suggestions so that you can carry out your study. Turn in two copies stapled in the upper left hand corner of the paper.  Do not use a folder.  Bring in a large envelope addressed to yourself.  I will mail you the graded copy of the proposal if you turn in two copies.
 

UNLESS YOU DISCUSS  A PROBLEM  WITH ME BEFORE THE FACT AND I AGREE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANT EXTRA TIME, LATE PAPERS  WILL BE PENALIZED ONE LETTER GRADE. THE PROJECT WILL MERIT A LETTER GRADE OF F IF THE SECOND DEADLINE IS MISSED.
ACCORDING TO UNIVERSITY POLICY, STUDENTS MAY RECEIVE A LETTER GRADE OF I ONLY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR.  I GRADES BECOME F AT THE END OF THE SUCCEEDING QUARTER UNLESS COURSE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET OR FURTHER ARRANGEMENTS ARE AGREED TO BY THE INSTRUCTOR.

SPECIAL NEEDS

PLEASE NOTIFY ME IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS RELATED TO LEARNING.  THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THIS CLASS.


 FED 661 Internet Links For Research In Education

Students may also wish to look into Carol J. Amato's book, The World's Easiest Guide to Using APA

A Guide for Writing Research Papers based on American Psychological Association (APA) Documentation [Prepared by the Humanities Department  at Capital Community-Technical College, Hartford, Connecticut

APA Pub Manual FAQ [The APA's own set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions]

APA Style Guide Prepared by Ron Corio

APA style guide at the University of Southern Mississippi [Mostly covers reference formats]

Bibliography styles handbook [At University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]

Electronic Sources: APA Style of Citation

Guide for Citing Electronic Information [Based on Electronic Style: A Guide for Citing Electronic Information, by Li, X. & Crane, N. (1993). Westport: Meckler]

Guidelines for Writing in APA Style, by William U Borst, Troy State University [Comes pretty close to simulating an APA paper, lists many grammar and punctuation and usage rules]


Links to Search Tools - Resources

Search Tools

Link to Eric Search

Link to Medline

 Links to Testing

Educational Testing Service

Mitchell Buros

Links to Human Subjects

Human Subjects NIH

Library Links

AUM Library

Auburn University Library

National Library of Medicine


Assignments and Tentative Schedule

Introduction of the course.  The Elements of Research (Chapter 1); Stating a research problem(Chapter 2).  Chapter 14 Proposal Writing.  Examples of previous proposals are on reserve at the Main Desk of LRC.  Stating and testing hypotheses (Chapter 4).

Searching the related literature; Using ERIC (Chapter 3);  Descriptive statistics, Part 1 (Chapter 5).  Measures of Central Tendency & Dispersion; Standard Scores; Correlation--Pearson r.

Descriptive statistics; Part II (Chapter 5).  Measures of Correlation--Superman Rho; Other measures of correlation, Meta Analysis; Measurement, Standardized  Instruments and Scale types (Chapter 7)

 Test I (Chapters 1-5, 7, Reliability and Validity (Chapter 8)

Experimental research (Chapter 9), Control of extraneous variables; Internal and external validity;  Overview of typical designs; Single subject research.

Other designs for research (Chapters 10-13;  The causal-comparative model; Strengths and Weaknesses:; Descriptive research; Surveys; Historical research; Qualitative Research; Critique of published research -- part 1.

Sampling and inferential statistics (Chapter 6); the logic of inferential research; the nature of sampling error, Type 1 and Type II Error; Setting Significance  Levels:  the T-Test for differences of means,  Critique of published literature-Part II.

Other varieties of the t-test;  Simple ANOVA; Chi -Square;  Interpretation of findings.  Critique of published research--Part III.  Research Proposals are due.  Proposals received after this week will be lowered a letter grade.

Test II (Chapters 6, 8 - 13)