ERIC Number: EJ1061930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Graduate Students' Expectations of an Introductory Research Methods Course
Earley, Mark A.
Educational Research Quarterly, v37 n1 p48-59 Sep 2013
While there is a scattered literature base on teaching research methods courses, there is very little literature that speaks to what and how students learn in research methods courses. Students are often described as coming to the course not seeing its relevance, bringing negative attitudes and low motivation with them. The purpose of this exploratory mixed methods study was to investigate graduate student attitudes toward research, expectations of an introductory research methods course, and any relationship between the two. A total of 117 students completed the Attitudes Toward Research scale and a series of open-ended questions. Results indicate these graduate students actually came in with moderate to high positive attitudes toward research and mixed expectations about what the course would entail. Students expected research methods to be difficult, but they did not report much anxiety related to research. Implications for teaching and future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Expectation, Introductory Courses, Research Methodology, Correlation, Attitude Measures, Positive Attitudes, Student Motivation, Mixed Methods Research, Student Surveys
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://erquarterly.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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