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ERIC Number: ED120125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
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Reference Count: 0
Research Methods for Educational Decision-making: An Alternative Approach to Teaching Introduction to Educational Research.
Schumacher, Sally
Introductory educational research courses are often based on the scientific model of research derived from natural science. Scientific research using theoretical constructs and measurement of variables establishes a body of verified knowledge through replication of experiments. The conceptualization of the introductory research course presented in this study is one based on a decision-making model of research derived from social science. This approach has been field-tested six times on 267 students in various M.Ed. programs. The two major objectives are for students to become aware of the field of educational research and to develop basic skills in research for educational decision-making. Five major findings emerged from this case study: (1) students learn basic research concepts through conducting a study for educational decision-making; (2) students learn the total research process; (3) decision-making research must be formally taught and contrasted to scientific research; (4) educational leaders should become familiar with the field of educational research before taking courses in specific methodologies, research designs, or statistics; and (5) introductory educational research textbooks and materials should include both decision-making and scientific models of research so that educational leaders gain further insights into research processes and multiple uses of research. (Author/CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educatinal Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 1976)