Human Performance Lab
Auburn University Montgomery
PO Box 244023
Montgomery, AL 36124-4023
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.
Ary, D., Jacobs, C. L., & Razavieh, A. (1996). Introduction to research in education (5th ed.). Fort Worth, Harcourt Brace.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fourth Edition
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
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:
(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.
PLEASE NOTIFY ME IF YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS RELATED TO LEARNING.
THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THIS
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]
Link to Eric Search
Link to Medline
Links to Testing
Educational Testing Service
Links to Human Subjects
Human Subjects NIH
Auburn University Library
National Library of Medicine
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)