CDTL IVLE Workshop
2016/2017, Semester 2
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (NUS Libraries)
Modular Credits: --
teaching and learning
TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
Upon successful completion of this course students will:
Understand research concepts and process;
Draw on the literature in the field, analyse and interpret research evidence published on a topic to establish a suitable research problem to explore further;
Design the research study using a suitable paradigm, associated methodologies and methods of data collection and analysis;
Write a research proposal (research blueprint) describing the topic, making a case for research, using theories to underpin the research, develop hypothesis, research framework/conceptual models if relevant, a fully justified research design, sampling and significance of the study.
Must have completed at least 80 MCs including a minimum of 28 MCs in MODXXXX.
The module will be taught as a seminar: the activity of “lecturing” will be interspersed with dialogues and discussions between students and teacher, and among students.
You are expected to actively participate in the following teaching and learning activities:
Active participation in lectures and seminars;
Reading of course materials and chapters in the recommended text books;
Reading a set of publications for a critical review of literature;
Reading other assigned material; and
Satisfactory completion of assessment tasks.
Theory and Method in Education Research
The Contexts for Education Research
Ethics in Educational Research
From Research Questions to Data
Literature Searching and Reviewing
Qualitative Research Design
Collecting Qualitative Data
The Analysis of Qualitative Data
Quantitative Research Design
Collecting Quantitative Data
The Analysis of Quantitative Data
Mixed Methods Research
Continuous assessment (literature review and projects): 70%
Final examination (open book): 30%
Literature Review: A critical review of literature – 35%
Analysis of an academic publication – 15%
Research Proposal: A completed research proposal for your study – 50%
Class sessions: 3 hours per week
Preparation and assessment tasks: 9.5 hours per week
TEXT & READINGS
The primary reading for this module will be the class notes provided in class, plus the material in the web module on Academic Knowledge and Inquiry at http://wiki.nus.edu.sg/display/aki/
You may consult the following as optional supplementary reading.
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams (1995) The Craft of Research, The University of Chicago Press
McNeill, Patrick (1990) Research Methods, Routledge.
Kirk, Jerome & Marc L, Miller (1986) Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research, Sage publications
Rowntree, Derek (1981) Statistics without Tears: A Primer for Non-Mathematicians, Macmillan
Medawar, Peter B. (1979) Advice to a Young Scientist, Basic Books.
Introduction to research methods
Burns, Robert B