Summer 2019 - EDUC 864 G031

Research Designs in Education (5)

Class Number: 4692

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Designing and interpreting research about education. Introduction to survey techniques, correlational designs, classic experimental and evaluation designs for investigating causal relations, case study methods, interpretive approaches to research. Students with credit for EDUC 814 may not take this course for further credit. Equivalent Courses: EDUC814


This course is designed to help students design and interpret research about education. It serves as an introduction to research methods, including qualitative and quantitative research designs. Basic descriptive and correlation statistics are covered and the research process is emphasized.

Meeting Dates:
May 10, 11, 31
June 1, 14, 15, 28, 29
July 26 and 27

July 6 - Optional experience: SFU Summer Institute

Meeting Times:
Fridays, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturdays, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meeting Location:
Vancouver Harbour Centre Campus, Room 2290


Goals Measures
Knowing (Research)
Familiarity with data collection tools and procedures Completion of course readings and in class participation

Creation, use, and application of tools through in-class activities and course assignments
Familiarity with data analysis tools and procedures Statistics workbook and in class participation during statistics exercises
Thinking and Being (Theory)
Familiarity with the basic characteristics of research design, including:
  • Types and theories
  • Methods for data collection
  • Data analysis procedures
Completion of course readings and in class participation

Research proposal

Reflective Eassay on Research
Doing (Practice)
Ability to find, evaluate, interpret, and summarize relevant academic research Posting of online research briefs
Ability to design research proposal Contribution to small group projects and activities

Completion of a research proposal

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a professional environment Participation in large and small group coursebased activities
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a professional environment  Participation in course activities and timely completion of assignments



  • Mini-papers (10% each x 3) 30%
  • Research Proposal 20%
  • Group Project 10%
  • Proposal Presentation 5%
  • Research Journal and Statistics Workbook 15%
  • Lab Notebook 10%
  • Participation 5%
  • Grade Application 5%


Mini-papers (10% each, 30% total)

You will turn in three short papers throughout the semester, each dealing with one aspect of the final paper. These minipapers will be graded on completion and treated as drafts. See Draft Rubrics in Appendix 1.

  • Paper 1: Issue background, context, and research questions. Due May 31
  • Paper 2: Literature review (thematic summary of at least 14 studies). Due 6/14
  • Paper 3: Sampling, Data collection and analysis procedures. Due 7/14

Research Proposal (20%):

Your final paper for the course will be a formal research proposal. The proposals are due no later than August 2. The paper should include revisions of the three mini papers. The final paper will be a compilation of the earlier assignments.

Group Project (10%)

The class will be divided into groups of approximately 4 students. Each group will meet to discuss, review, support, and advise the group members’ research projects, review mini-papers, develop in class data collection tools, and participate in lab experiences. Groups will be given specific topics and assignments to serve as deliverables in evaluating this component of the class.

Proposal presentation (5%):

Each student will be asked to present their action research proposal at one of three locations: CSSE Action research Rountables; the SFU Summer Institute on July 6 (format TBD); or during the last class meeting (at your discretion). Presentations should cover the research context and background; research question; data collection procedures; and data analysis plans, as well as allow for Q&A with the relevant audience. A short reflective essay will be used to evaluate the experience, details TBD.

Research Journal and Statistics Workbook (15%):

You are to keep a research notebook where you record possible research questions, methods, problems to solve, etc. As part of this you should also include the Salkind exercises you complete. This journal will be graded based on completion. This notebook should also include the Tri-Council tutorial certificate (est. 2-3 hours to complete).

Lab Notebook (10%)

Each class will include a series of lab activities where we put into practice various research and data collection and analysis activities. The work and results of these lab experiences should be kept in a notebook / computer files for review and credit in the class.

Participation (5%):

You are expected to complete the required readings prior to each class session. Think critically about what you read and consider the connections between the readings. Please send me two questions about the reading the Wednesday prior to each class meeting, including the first class meeting May 10 (the first questions would be due May 8).

Your active and thoughtful participation in class discussions will be part of your grade. Attendance is expected at every class meeting. You should contact the instructor before class if you will be unable to attend for some important reason. When possible, alternate assignments may be negotiated (for example, if you are required to miss class for an education event, credit may be awarded for a brief report from the event). Your participation in small groups and the summer institute session (as possible) are included in the grade.

Grade Application (5%):

Each student will be asked to apply for a grade and present evidence in support of that application, based on their work in the online community, small group projects, lab book, research journal, and other relevant artifacts.



Please bring a laptop to class with you as much of our work will be computer assisted. If you do not have access to a laptop, please contact me directly. Ideally you’ll be able to run Excel on the device.


Salkind, N. J. (2017). Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics. Fourth Edition Using Microsoft Excel 2016. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Online availability through Vital Source:

ISBN: 9781483374086

A research methods textbook of your choice—from the library, bookstore, online and open access sources, or other retailer. Key words in your search for an appropriate text: research methods in education or research methods in social sciences, etc. Bring to the first class for sharing.


Salkind Student Study Site
Study site:

Research Methods
Open Access Research Methods Texts (BC Campus Open Ed)

Sage Research Methods Online

Sage Research Methods. Video

Qualitative data analysis
Research methods and analysis

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.