Spring 2020 - EDUC 864 G001

Research Designs in Education (5)

Class Number: 2406

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SRYC 3270, Surrey



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 deals with educational research design, implementation, and interpretation. It includes understanding various research designs involving quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches. The course is intended to make learners better producers and consumers of educational research. Students will engage in identifying research problems, developing research proposals, and interpreting and evaluating published studies to assess the appropriateness and validity issues. The course also considers the creative and ethical aspects of research design and implementation. It is designed to develop students’ skills in becoming critical consumers and producers of educational research.


  • Participation in class activities and learning community. 15%
  • Critiquing published articles. 10%
  • Developing a research proposal. 50%
  • Quizzes. 15%
  • Peer review of research proposal. 10%



Creswell, J. (2014). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research, 3rd ed. Allyn & Bacon

Coladarci, T. & Cobb, C. (2014). Fundamentals of Statistical Reasoning in Education, 4th edition. Wiley

Articles and book chapters will be made available on Canvas

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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