ERIC Number: EJ1022421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
A Synthesis of the Literature on Research Methods Education
Earley, Mark A.
Teaching in Higher Education, v19 n3 p242-253 2014
The purpose of this research synthesis is to examine the current research on teaching and learning research methods. The aims are to understand the themes present in the current literature and identify gaps in our understanding of how we teach, and how students learn, research methods. A synthesis of 89 studies generated three themes: (1) characteristics of students taking a research methods course, (2) teaching methods and techniques, and (3) content and course goals. Gaps identified include a lack of research on assessment and on what and how students learn in research methods courses. The majority of studies reviewed were teacher reports of attempted teaching strategies so that an additional need exists for other types of research into the teaching and learning of research methods such as case studies of students' learning or experimental studies of assessment techniques. Suggestions for instructors and future research are considered.
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Synthesis, Research Methodology, Methods Courses, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Course Content, Course Objectives, Student Evaluation, Case Studies, Research Needs, Learning Strategies, Instruction, Educational Research
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