Summer 2023 - EDUC 719 G031

Research Approaches in Educational Leadership (3)

Class Number: 3180

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



Covers research methods, with special reference to research in Education Leadership. Fundamental theories, practices, and ethical issues of educational research are discussed. The course addresses some of the fundamental challenges and decisions in designing and using educational research.


The course is designed to address some of the fundamental challenges and decisions in designing educational research, such as: how to come up with interesting, viable and worthwhile research questions; how to use past research to inform your inquiry; how to select an appropriate research approach to answer your questions; and how to craft a  research plan that will allow you to conduct your research in an ethically responsible, and methodologically rigourous way.

Course Dates and Times:
Tuesdays: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

May 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1

Location: SFU Surrey, Room SRYC 3240


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the criteria for assessing research quality and apply that knowledge to one’s own work and the work of others',
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and understand the appropriate application of each method,
  • Conceptualize a research study by framing the research problem, defining research questions, and identifying the kinds (and sources) of information needed to answer the questions;
  • Identify and address ethical concerns relating to research with/of human participants.


  • Attendance & Participation 30%
  • In-Progress Writing Assignments 30%
  • Research Proposal 40%



Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2022). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. (6th edition). Sage publications.
ISBN: 9781071817940 (please note the 5th edition of this text is also acceptable)

Additional readings include book chapters and journal articles. Selections that are not electronically accessible through the SFU library will be available on the course’s CANVAS site.  


Brown, L., & Strega, S. (Eds.). (2015). Research as resistance: Critical, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches (2nd Edition). Canadian Scholars’ Press. 
ISBN: 9781551308821 This book is available electronically through the SFU library

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition).


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