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Instructor Info:Tim Zimmerman
Office Extension x6621
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
02:00 PM - 03:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
Description: Many people have opinions about the best ways to improve education, yet few people have conducted research in educational settings. However, improving education requires evidence gathered systematically through research. In this course, students will learn methods for conducting research on learning and teaching that yield evidence leading to program improvements. Methodologies include classroom and field trip observations, interview, survey, pre-post assessment, and discourse analysis. Students learn these methods while collaboratively participating as part of a research team with the professor on an on-going, NSF-funded, design-based research project. We will read and discuss relevant literature on learning, design of learning experiences, and how to help more students succeed. This course is designed to teach various learning research methods and is particularly helpful for students who are in their last semester of Division II, are interested in education and wanting to start thinking about a Division III project. Field trips will be a part of the students' research and course experience. Prerequisite: Some basic statistics (t tests, descriptive statistics, etc.).