Summer 2023 - EDUC 950 G031

Approaches to Educational Research (5)

Class Number: 3181

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



The broad paradigms encompassing much current educational research are examined, with emphasis on their philosophical and assumptional bases, as well as general ethical and methodological issues. Particular attention is paid to the critical reading of research and the implications for educational leadership. In addition, students begin to identify a research topic and to develop a defensible research orientation.


This course is meant to assist students in developing a critical perspective on research paradigms in educational research. The course is also 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 rigorous way.


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 to others,’
  • Identify the affordances of various research methodologies,
  • Understand the appropriate application of different research methods,
  • 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 that arise in educational research.



Class Sessions will be on Fridays (4:30pm - 9:00pm) and Saturdays (8:30pm - 4:30pm)
over the following dates:

May 12, 13  
Jun 2, 3 & 16, 17
Jul 7, 8 & 21, 22

Location: Yukon University - Room A2103 except on June 17 in A2603



Ravitch, S. M., & Carl, N. M. (2021). Qualitative research: Bridging the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological (2nd Edition). Sage Publications.

Wilson, S. (2008). Research is ceremony: Indigenous research methods. Fernwood Publishing

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC.

Additional required readings include book chapters and journal articles that are available electronically through the SFU library or on our CANVAS site.  Examples include selections from:

Patel, L. (2015). Decolonizing educational research: From ownership to answerability. Routledge.

Pasque, P. A. & alexander, e. (Ed.). (2022). Advancing culturally responsive research and researchers: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. Taylor & Francis.

Walter, M., & Andersen, C. (2016). Indigenous statistics: A quantitative research methodology. Routledge.


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Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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