ERIC Number: ED274722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Field Experience in Research Training: The Quantitative Research Methods Project in a Two Semester Research Methods Course for Education Doctoral Students.
Krathwohl, David R.
Field research gives graduate students a direct experience in appreciating the differences between doing research and reporting it. This paper reports the field experience provided in a doctoral program at the School of Education at Syracuse University. With the support and assistance of faculty consultants, a structured problem approach was used. Students structured their "instrument-defined" problem. This pre-structuring reduced practice in "problem homesteading" which had to be picked up with other experiences. However pre-structuring the problem had advantages in reducing the burden of faculty support and resulted in a more universally satisfactory experience for the students. Using a survey methodology allowed students to experience data gathering as well as other facets of the process. Requiring indices introduced an understanding of some measurement problems. Requiring individual analyses allowed freedom to show considerable ingenuity, and requesting reports in journal format helped to delineate the process of doing the study from its description. An appendix includes guidelines of the survey project and the questionnaire, which the student had to complete, correct, and administer. (JAZ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).