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EDRE 5404: FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH & EVALUATION

Research and evaluation in education with emphasis on development of skill requisite for utilizing research and evaluation studies in practical situations. Applies these skills in exercises related to various research and evaluation models. (3H,3C).

EDRE 5644: QUESTIONNAIRE DESIGN & SURVEY RESEARCH IN EDUCATION

This course provides an overview of survey research for graduate students in education. It covers the process from project formulation and sampling, through instrument design and question formulation, to data processing and report writing. Emphasis will be on a questionnaire design, providing students with an opportunity to create and revise their own questionnaire and critique instruments used in educational surveys. Pre: EDRE 5404 or equivalent. (3H,3C).

EDRE 5674: INTRODUCTION TO MIXED METHODS

Introduction to Mixed Methods research and evaluation in applied social and behavioral sciences, including education, human development, sociology, and medicine. Mixed methods are used to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. Pre: 5404 or equivalent introductory research course. (3H, 3C)

EDRE 6504: QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH I

This course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods. It considers mainstream qualitative research traditions, including case study, phenomenology, ethnography, grounded theory, and participatory/action research. Students will conduct observations, interviews, and basic data analysis. Pre: EDRE 5404

EDRE 6524: QUALITATIVE METHODS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH II

This course provides an advanced examining of qualitative inquiry in educational and human science research. It considers theoretical assumptions of major qualitative inquiry traditions and prepares students to represent and write up qualitative research findings. Pre: EDRE 6504

EDRE 6605-6606: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN EDUCATION I & II

This two-course sequence is designed to provide an overview of basic research design, measurement and statistical concepts in social and behavioral research. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the process of social and educational research in field settings, hands-on experience of designing and conducting research, and analysis of data. Pre: EDRE 5404. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6624: MEASUREMENT THEORY IN EDUCATION

Methods and theories of estimating and enhancing test score characteristics, particularly reliability and validity of aptitude and achievement tests. Problems associated with test construction, use, and score interpretation will be emphasized. Pre: EDRE 6634. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6634 (STAT 6634): ADVANCED STATISTICS FOR EDUCATION

Multiple regression procedures for analyzing data as applied in educational settings, including curvilinear regressions, dummy variables, multicollinearity, and introduction to path analysis. Pre: EDRE 6606. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6654: MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS FOR APPLICATIONS TO EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS

Multivariate statistical procedures presented in an applied research setting. Oriented toward the logical extension of univariate tests of significance and estimation procedures to multivariate problems. Emphasis on using existing computer software packages. Pre: EDRE 6634. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6664 (SOC 6664): APPLICATION OF STRUCTURAL EQUATIONS IN EDUCATION

Applications of structural equation causal models in educational research and discussion of the methodological questions pertaining to such models. Topics include recursive and nonrecursive models, measurement errors in causal models, latent unobserved variables, and covariance structures. Pre: EDRE 6634. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6684: INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT & VALIDATION

Provides experiences in developing instruments to measure cognition, attitude, or behavior. Issues and practices relating to construct specification, instrument design and administration, and analysis and summary of validity study data will be emphasized. Pre: EDRE 6634.

EDRE 6694: HIERARACHICAL LINEAR MODELING

This course provides a conceptual framework of Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), some important statistical theory behind the HLM, and hands-on training for applying HLM technique through analyzing example data sets and projects. It considers the formulation of statistical models for typical applications such as two-level organizational study, two-level growth model, and three-level growth model within contexts and prepares students to be able to use multilevel analysis to address research questions in their fields and write coherent summaries and interpretations of the results. Pre: EDRE 6634.

EDRE 6704: EVALUATION METHODS IN EDUCATION

Principles of evaluation with emphasis on practices applicable to a variety of educational settings. The theoretical and philosophical bases which lead to alternative methodologies. Design and measurement alternatives are considered within the jurisdictional, theoretical, and philosophical contexts. Pre: EDRE 5404 or equivalent. (3H,3C).

EDRE 6744: MIXED METHOD RESEARCH DESIGN

This course provides on introduction to mixed methods research design in the human and behavioral sciences. Students will design and execute a pilot study for a mixed method research project. Pre: EDRE 6606 and EDRE 6504.

EDRE 6754: ADVANCED ITEM RESPONSE THEORY

This course will provide students with a solid grounding in the concepts and applications of item response theory, the skills to carry out Item Response Theory (IRT) analyses using specialized software, and in introduction to research in measurement. The course is designed for students with an interest in conducting measurement-related research, pursuing a career in the testing industry or higher education, or working in positions in which testing plays a major role. Topics will include binary and polytomous models, item and ability parameter estimation, model fit, and scaling and equating. Pre: EDRE 6624 or EDRE 6684.

EDRE 6784: ADVANCED ISSUES IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

This course provides advanced treatment of important theoretical and methodological topics in the contemporary qualitative literature and in the ongoing development of qualitative methodology. Emphasis is placed on addressing both theoretical issues and practical issues in conducting qualitative research. Topics covered may vary from term to term. Pre: EDRE 6524 or equivalent.

EDRE 6794: ADVANCED TOPICS IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH

Advanced treatment beyond standard courses in topics such as questionnaire design, survey sampling, factor analysis, and meta analysis. May be repeated with different topics for up to 6 hours of credit. Variable credit course. Pre: Varies.