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Spring 2010 Schedule | SCE 5308 (0T1)

Research Design and Methodology for Science Educators

For easy reference, this overview is matched directly to the navigation buttons in the UTTC course menu.
It summarizes key items to be completed and indicates the availability timeframe for each unit. Specific
details are provided in each respective area of the course. Class officially starts on January 11, 2010.

GMA = Gay, L.R., Mills, G.E., & Airasian, P.W. (2009). Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis
and Applications, 9/E.
APA = American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association: Fifth Edition. OR American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of
the American Psychological Association: Sixth Edition.

 Part I. Moving thought to action


01 Dates January 11, 2010 – January 17, 2010
 Lesson Welcome to SCE 5308!
 Project Get ‘Readier’ to Research!
 Assignment Student Researchers
 Discussion Café ‘08: Teachers’ Lounge - Welcome
 Assessment Student Responsibilities Agreement
02 Dates January 18, 2010 – January 24, 2010
 Lesson Measuring the Madness?
 Project Detail your Sample
 Assignment Instrument Selection
 Discussion Open for general discussion.
 Assessment No formal assessment. Prepare for the unit quiz!
03 Dates January 25, 2010 – January 31, 2010
 Lesson Research She Wrote…
 Project Format to Specifications
 Assignment Final IRB Forms DUE
 Discussion Research Community: Question - My study asks…
 Assessment Quiz: Data Collection
How do you collect data? Review:
• GMA: Sample Selection, 99-119
• GMA: Preparing a Research Report, 514-539
• APA: Parts of a manuscript 21-60
• GMA: Measuring Instruments, 121-157
• APA: Guidelines to reduce bias 70-76

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Spring 2010 Schedule | SCE 5308 (0T1)
Research Design and Methodology for Science Educators

 Part II. Accomplishing your objectives


04 Dates February 1, 2010 – February 7, 2010
 Lesson Having Designs - on "Them"!
 Project Describe your Instrument(s)
 Assignment Research Timeline
 Discussion Café ’08: Teachers’ Lounge - How's it going?
 Assessment No formal assessment. Work on your project task(s)!
05 Dates February 8, 2010 – February 14, 2010
 Lesson Numbers, numbers, numbers…
 Project Describe your Method(s)
 Assignment Participant Eligibility
 Discussion Open for general discussion.
 Assessment No formal assessment. Prepare for the unit quiz!
06 Dates February 15, 2010 – February 21, 2010
 Lesson Sadistic Statistics?
 Project Research Report Draft I DUE
 Assignment Research Statistics
 Discussion Research Community: Method - My study uses…
 Assessment Quiz: Data Analysis
What do you use to analyze data and when do you use it? Review:
• GMA: Postanalysis Considerations 385-397
• GMA: Descriptive Statistics, 301-334
• GMA: Inferential Statistics, 337-382
 Part III. Supporting your goals
07 Dates February 22, 2010 – March 7, 2010
 Lesson It's a Natural?
 Project Collect/enter your Data
 Assignment Participant Availability
 Discussion Café ’08: Teachers’ Lounge - How's it going?
 Assessment No formal assessment. Work on your project task(s)!
08 Dates March 8, 2010 – March 14, 2010
 Lesson Getting off the stage!
 Project Analyze your Data
 Assignment Data Reporting
 Discussion Open for general discussion.
 Assessment No formal assessment. Prepare for the unit quiz!
 UTD Closed Spring Break (March 15-21, 2010)

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Spring 2010 Schedule | SCE 5308 (0T1)
Research Design and Methodology for Science Educators

09 Dates March 22, 2010 – March 28, 2010


 Lesson The head bone’s connected…
 Project Interpret your Data
 Assignment Grammar Review
 Discussion Research Community: Results - My data suggest…
 Assessment Quiz: Data Interpretation
How do you interpret data? Review:
• GMA: Qualitative Research: Data Analysis and Interpretation, 466-487
• GMA: Mixed Methods Research, 488-513
• Article: Hammersley, M. (2000). The relevance of qualitative research. Oxford
Review of Education, 26(3&4), 393-405.
 Part IV. Polishing your product
10 Dates March 29, 2010 – April 4, 2010
 Lesson Corpus delecto?
 Project Formulate your Conclusions
 Assignment APA Style Review
 Discussion Café ’08: Teachers’ Lounge - How's it going?
 Assessment No formal assessment. Work on your project task(s)!
11 Dates April 5, 2010 – April 11, 2010
 Lesson Ouch… that hurts
 Project Introduce your Research!
 Assignment Research Report Draft II DUE
 Discussion Open for general discussion.
 Assessment No formal assessment. Prepare for the unit quiz!
12 Dates April 12, 2010 – April 18, 2010
 Lesson Going Public!
 Project Present your Research!
 Assignment Poster Presentation DUE
 Discussion Research Community: Conclusions - My study contributes…
 Assessment Quiz: Data Implications
What do the analyses mean? Review:
• APA: Manuscript preparation 283-302

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Spring 2010 Schedule | SCE 5308 (0T1)
Research Design and Methodology for Science Educators

 Part V. Realizing your potential


13 Dates April 19, 2010 – April 25, 2010
 Lesson The End Is Near….
 Project Summarize your Research
 Assignment Peer Review
 Discussion Café ’08: Teachers’ Lounge - GREAT IDEAS!
 Assessment No formal assessment.
14 Dates April 26, 2010 – May 2, 2010
 Lesson This Is It!?
 Project Edit your Paper
 Assignment Final Research Report DUE
 Discussion Research Community - Contribution: Your study implies that…
 Assessment No formal assessment.
15 Dates May 3, 2010 – May 7, 2010
 Lesson Suggestions for Further Research!
 Project Share your Research!
 Assignment UTTC Survey
 Discussion Café ’08: ‘Comment Form’
 Assessment Course Evaluation

 SCE 8398 You’re almost ready for Science Education Thesis

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