ED 633 Syllabus (Spring 2022)

Educational Research


Ed. 633

Spring Session 2022


Instructor: Dr. Dana Ulveland

Office: Ed. 227

e-mail: ulvelad@wou.edu


Office Hours:

By arrangement


Course Description

Introduces the methods and techniques of quantitative, qualitative, action, and mixed methods commonly used in educational research in a variety of education, workplace, and community settings. Builds awareness of the range of methods that may be applied to different types of research studies and guidelines that should be used to select appropriate research methods. Includes research resources, ethics, and academic writing.

Course Objectives

Articulate the impact of educational research in the field of education.

Differentiate between the major education research methodologies

Analyze peer-reviewed and practitioner-focused research articles

Support a stated research problem or question with associated research and academic writing.


Required Evidence Showing That Objectives Have Been Met

Written Reflective Responses

During each lecture, I will pose questions. I will ask that you submit your responses to the questions I pose on three different occasions during the term. A couple of times during the term and once near the end of the course. You will see the due dates below in the schedule. I will also provide submission reminders in the lectures.

The dates I ask that you submit your responses are staggered with submissions from my other classes. If I receive responses late it is sometimes difficult for me to respond as thoroughly to your work as I would like. But I am well aware that life happens and sometimes we all need a little extra time. I do, however, have a final date and time that I have to submit my grades to the registrar though–even if I need a little more time ūüôā

There will be 3 sets of responses. Your responses will be to questions I intersperse throughout the lectures.

Each response = 25 percent.


Research Proposal

This will be a rough draft of a research proposal. Even though this research proposal rough draft might be thought of as a final culminating project, I do recognize that your draft will end up somewhere along a continuum from an outline with headings to a structured proposal with completed components. Most importantly, you will end up with a basic research proposal and you will have a good understanding of the research proposal construct regardless of the extent to which it is complete.

Rough draft of research proposal = 25 percent



Final Grade Assignment

A 95 – 100
A- 90 – 94
B+ 85 – 89
B 80 – 84
B- 75 – 79
C+ 70 – 74
C 65 – 69
C- 60 – 64
D < 60








Textbook (Available at the WOU bookstore or at online sellers such as Amazon in hardcopy or electronic format)

Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners
by Ranjit Kumar. 5th Edition. Sage Publishing. 2019


Tentative Schedule Outline (Content will change depending on our progress.)

*** Click below on Week One to get to the first lecture***

Week One: (Tuesday, March 29th)


A bit about the class

Chapter One: Research: a Way of Thinking

What does research mean?

Week Two (Tuesday, April 5th)

Types of research

Application Perspective  / Objectives Perspective / Enquiry Mode

Approaches: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods


Week Three: (Tuesday, April 12th)

Chapter Two: The Research Process A Quick Glance

The Research Process: Eight Step Model

A. Deciding What To Research

Step one: Formulating a research problem

B. Planning how to conduct a study

Step Two: Conceptualizing a research design

Step Three: Constructing an instrument fo data collection

Step Four: Selecting a sample

Step Five: Writing a research proposal

C. Conducting a research study

Step Six: Collecting Data

Step Seven: Processing and displaying data

Step eight: Writing a research report

Chapter 3: Reviewing the Literature

Developing a theoretical framework

Developing a conceptual framework

Writing about the literature reviewed


Week Four: (Tuesday, April 19th)


**** First Set of Responses Questions (weeks one through three) Due any time this week (week four)  **** 


Chapter 4: Formulating a Research Problem

Considerations in selecting a research problem

Steps in formulating a research problem

The formulation of research objectives

Establishing operational definitions

Formulating a research problem in qualitative research


Week Five: (Tuesday, April 26th)

Chapter 5: Identifying Variables

Converting concepts into variables

Types of Variables

Types of measurement scale

Qualitative (additional content)


Week Six: (Tuesday, May 3rd) 

Chapter 6: Constructing Hypotheses

Types of Hypothesis

Testing a hypothesis

Hypotheses in qualitative research

Action Research (additional content)

Chapter 7: The Research Design

What is a research design?

The functions of a research design

Theory of Causality

Week Seven: (Tuesday, May 10th)

Chapter 14: Considering ethical issues in data collection


Week Eight: (Wednesday, May 18th) 

**** Second Set of Responses Questions (weeks Four through Seven) Due any time this week (week Eight)  ****  

Chapter 8: Selecting a Study Design

Chapter 9: Selecting a Method of Data Collection

Narrative, Ethnographic, Case Study and Phenomenology

Week Nine: (Tuesday, May 24th)

Chapter 10: Collecting Data Using Attitudinal Scales
Chapter 11: Establishing the Validity and Reliability of a research instrument
Chapter 12: Selecting a Sample

Chapter 13: Writing a Research Proposal

Week Ten: (Tuesday, May 31st) 

Final Thoughts / Final Question

Week Eleven: (Tuesday, June 7th) 

**** Final Response Question from week ten Due today ****

**** This might include a rough draft of your proposal if you so choose  **** 



Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities are entitled under the law to reasonable accommodations. If you have a disability and need accommodations, you should also contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250.


Respect: In this class, the expectation is of mutual respect. Western Oregon University is an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and strives to reflect the diversity of our pluralistic society in our faculty, staff and students. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, class, linguistic background, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical ability. In this class the goal is to establish an environment that values and nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction. Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about others, about the larger world and about ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual exchange, we will not only mirror society as it is, but also model society as it should and can be.


DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) for coordination in your academic accommodations. The ODS is located in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC) Suite 405. The phone/TTY is (503) 838-8250.

Military Service Statement: Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor.

Student Success Specialist: Students in this class may be referred to the WOU Student Success Specialist (SSS) if the instructor determines their performance in the class is placing them at academic risk. The SSS will offer to work with referred students to address issues and develop a student success strategy. Irrespective of whether a referral has or has not been made, you are ultimately responsible for tracking your own progress in this course.

WOU Writing Center: If you feel you need additional assistance with your writing, I encourage you to take advantage of the writing center. Help is available. For further information go to: www.wou.edu/writingcenter.