Spring 2020 - EDUC 863 G001

Quantitative Methods in Educational Research (3)

Class Number: 9036

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    EDB 8504, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 810 or 864.



Focus on critical analysis of quantitative research in education. Research studies examined will be based on exploratory and confirmatory data analysis, including group comparisons and correlations. Students will use calculators and computers for data analysis and display.


EDUC 863 is an introductory course in statistics designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to conduct quantitative research in education. Topics covered include: descriptive statistics, design of experiments, sampling, measurement, measures of association, basic estimation and inference. The focus in this course will be to learn a variety of skills and techniques that are essential for sound statistical analysis through active participation in problems. This course will make use of SPSS to perform statistical analyses.


At the end of this course, students should be able to:

1). Understand statistical procedures and tests most commonly used in educational research.
2). Use SPSS to conduct select statistical analyses.
3). Make decisions based on data and communicate findings in a scholarly manner.
4). Think critically about data and findings.


  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Final exam 15%
  • Lab assignments 40%
  • Article critique 10%
  • Final project 20%



There is no assigned textbook for this course.


McClave, J., & Sincich, T. (2016). Statistics. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.
ISBN: 978-0134080215

Weinberg, S., & Abramowitz, S. (2016). Statistics using IBM SPSS: An Integrative Approach. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
ISBN: 978 1107461222

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