ERIC Number: ED427067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Building Conceptual Understanding of Research and Statistical Methods through Student Projects.
Jamison, Margaret Godwin
Student projects in both research and statistics classes promote active learning and critical thinking not found in more passive types of course delivery. Students start the dialogue of researchers as they internalize the process of conducting research projects with "real world" issues of interest to them in introductions to research and statistics taught at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). In research classes, the content focuses on the processes needed to create an American Psychological Association journal article using both qualitative and quantitative research techniques on a single research problem. The student devises a research plan, completes it with feedback, and learns to write each section of a research paper. In statistics classes, the content is focused on using statistics in writing research questions along with methods and results sections for one research problem chosen by the students. The content is the same as that of most statistics classes except for the continual conceptual emphasis on one research problem. The success of these courses is reflected in positive student enthusiasm for the projects created. Student start to learn the role of researcher or statistician and how to communicate the results of the work through journal-style writing. An appendix contains the Web page for the research course. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (27th, New Orleans, LA, November 4-6, 1998).