ERIC Number: ED372036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-11
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The Usefulness and Motivational Value of Research Methods Courses for Education Professionals.
Monahan, Thomas C.
This study surveyed a sample of 81 former students from the graduate research methods course in the School of Education and Related Professional Studies at Rowan College (New Jersey), between 1985 and 1992. The findings show that while students who have completed a research methods course at the graduate level find the content useful, especially in understanding and evaluating the professional literature, they are not motivated to take additional courses in research or statistics, to learn more about research methodology, or to engage in research on their own. Only one respondent in five reported engaging in any type of research, and within the entire sample, only one individual reported publishing his/her research. Nevertheless, most agreed that teachers need preparation in both research and statistics, that such courses help them to pay more critical attention to articles about research, and that such courses help them to increase the frequency of their use of the professional literature as well as the application of what they read to their professional roles and responsibilities. A copy of the survey form is appended. (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Course Content, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Information Utilization, Methods Courses, Motivation, Research Methodology, Schools of Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Education Programs, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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