Educational Research Methods 10

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Research Methods for the Learning Sciences 85-748

Spring 2010 Syllabus Carnegie Mellon University

Class times:

4:30 to 5:50 Tuesday & Thursday

Location:

3501 NSH

Instructors:

Professor Kenneth R. Koedinger

Location: 3601 Newell-Simon Hall

Phone: 8-7667

Email: Koedinger@cmu.edu

Office hours by appointment


Dr. Philip I. Pavlik Jr.

Location: 300S Craig St, 224

Phone: 8-1618

Email: ppavlik@andrew.cmu.edu

Office hours by appointment

Teaching Assistant:

Benjamin Shih

Location: GHC 8003

Phone: 8-6289

Email: shih@cmu.edu

Office hours by appointment

Class URL:

Main page

Goals:

The goals of this course are to learn data collection, design, and analysis methodologies that are particularly useful for scientific research in education. The course will be organized in modules addressing particular topics including overview of methods, cognitive task analysis, qualitative methods, protocol and discourse analysis, and educational data mining and log analysis. A key goal is to help students think about and learn how to apply these methods to their own research programs.

Course Prerequisites:

To enroll you must have taken 85-738, "Educational Goals, Instruction, and Assessment" or get the permission of the instruction.

Readings Textbook:

"The Research Methods Knowledge Base: 3rd edition" by William M.K. Trochim and James P. Donnelly Other readings will be assigned in class.

Reading Reports:

Students are required to submit at least one original post per week to the course discussion group before Monday morning that addresses the readings for the FOLLOWING week. Students are also required to submit one reply or comment on another students post before Tuesday morning.

Posts should be:

  • a question you had about the reading, something important you did not understand
  • an idea inspired by the reading
  • an interesting connection with something you learned or did previously in this or another course, or in other professional work or research

Replies should be:

  • an on-topic, relevant response, clarification, or further comment on another student’s post

Grading:

There will be assignments associated with each section of the course. Grades will be determined by your performance on these assignments, by your participation in Reading Reports, and by your participation in class.

  • Course work
    • 10% Reading reports
    • 50% Homework assignments
  • Project & final paper
    • 40% Design a new study based on one (or more) of these methods that pushes your own research in a new direction.

Class Schedule:

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