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GSHU 199.01 Discovering the Secret of Inspirational Teaching - Dr. Stella Erbes   Tags: education, first-year seminar  

This guide will help you get started researching topics in education for your first year seminar.
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Tips on locating empirical research

To find articles that report on empirical research, some keywords you might want to use:

study, results, discussion, data, variables, limitations, implications, survey, respondents, population, conclusion

Such terms should be searched as keywords rather than subject terms because they reflect the kind of language used in an article describing empirical research, but they are not the topic or subject of the study.

How to Read a Journal Article


e-Pamphlet on research

Provides a brief introduction to understanding and using scientifically based research.  This brochure explains that the emphasis on scientifically based research supports the consistent use of instructional methods that have been proven effective.



If you conduct research involving human subjects, you will need to have your research proposal reviewed and approved by the Seaver College Institutional Review Board.  


Course Description

Why does a particular teacher or learning experience stand out above others from your academic career? What factors contribute to the making of an effective teacher? What innovative methods can teachers implement to connect with students in today’s classrooms? These are just a few of the questions that can be explored in this research seminar. This course focuses on what is revealed through current educational research. Students will be able to: 1) Understand major areas of research in curriculum and instruction; 2) Evaluate a variety of professional articles and studies in terms of validity, methodology, findings, and conclusions; 3) Synthesize research articles and studies into a coherent and appropriate literature review; and 4) Propose an original research study related to the field of education which may be submitted for funding. Select studies will be eligible for participation at research conferences and may even lead to journal publications.

Sage Research Methods

  • Sage Research Methods
    SAGE Research Methods is a research tool that connects you to over 100,000 pages of SAGE research methods books, journals, and reference material with advanced search features. Here, researchers, faculty, and students can explore methods concepts to design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct research, and write up findings.

Educational Research

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The Sage handbook for research in education : engaging ideas and enriching inquiry - Clifton Conrad; Ronald C Serlin
Call Number: Oversize LB1028 .S14 2006
ISBN: 1412906407
This Handbook brings together leading academics in diverse fields within and outside of education, as well as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches

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Research methods in education - Louis Cohen; Lawrence Manion; Keith Morrison; et al
Call Number: LB1028 .C572 2011
ISBN: 0415583365
Publication Date: 2011 (7th ed.)
Part One: The Context Of Educational Research Part Two: Planning Educational Research Part Three: Styles Of Educational Research Part Four: Strategies And Instruments For Data Collection And Researching Part Five: Data Analysis

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Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches - John W Creswell
Call Number: Oversize H62 .C6963 2009
ISBN: 9781412965569
Presents three approaches - qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods - side by side within the context of the process of research from the beginning steps of philosophical assumptions to the writing and presenting of research.

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Proposing Empirical Research - Mildred L. Patten
Call Number: Oversize Q180.55.P7 P37 2010
ISBN: 1884585256
Publication Date: 2010

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Developing effective research proposals - Keith Punch
Call Number: Drescher Campus Library H62 .P92 2000
ISBN: 0761963553
A how-to guide to preparing a well-constructed research proposal, then presenting it effectively.

Elizabeth Parang

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  • If you find little or no information on your topic, you may need to find alternate terms.  Use the Thesaurus in the database or consult a standard thesaurus.
  • Finding too little information might indicate that you need to broaden your topic.
    For example, look for information on students, rather than college students.
    Link synonymous search terms with or: discipline or punishment or negative reinforcement

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