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TEAM: Teacher Education and Mathematics Collaboration

PhD Program in Curriculum Teaching and Educational Policy

PRIME: Program in Mathematics Education

Introduction to Inquiry CEP930

CEP930: Introduction to Inquiry

This course aims to help students to develop a common sense understanding of a variety of educational inquiry methods, as well as some specific technical knowledge about selected approaches.   Students in this class should begin to become critical consumers of published research, while developing introductory knowledge about the options available to them in designing and conducting their own research.

Related to this general purpose, students will develop an understanding of the fundamental issues involved in various kinds of research, from both quantitative and qualitative traditions, including appreciation of the complementary nature of both kinds of methods and of the importance of multi-method approaches.

The class also introduces students to a range of contemporary issues and problems in educational research. These issues form the larger context within which inquiry methods are considered.   The issues are influential in shaping the way research questions are generated, framed, and studied.


Required Texts

Campbell, Donald Thomas and Stanley, Julian C.   (1963).   Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research.   Chicago: Houghton-Mifflin.

Hart, Betty and Risley, Todd R.   (1995).   Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children.   Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publ.

Lareau, Annette.   (2000).   Home Advantage , 2nd Edition.   Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.


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