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Introduction to Research in Higher Education\u2013 Summer 2009

University of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
Higher Education and Student Affairs

EDHI 380: Introduction to Higher Education Research
Summer 2009
(June 1-12)
Location TBD
Monday-Friday 12:30pm\u2013 4:30pm
Dorian L. McCoy, Ph. D.
208 Mann Hall
Office hours: By Appointment
Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to research methodologies in higher education. Course
topics include an overview of: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies; library and
web-based database research, human subjects and institutional review board (IRB) procedures.

The discussion of course readings will focus on the application of research methodologies.
Course Objectives:

Develop an understanding of various research methodologies
Utilize appropriate research methodologies and design in personal research
Examine, interpret, and critique research in higher education
Develop a knowledge and appropriate application of ethical standards and guidelines in

higher education research
Academic Integrity:

It is expected that the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity are adhered to. Please refer to the UVM policy athtt p://www. uvm. edu/~ uvmppg/ppg/ st udent /acad int egr it y. ht ml. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Documented Disability:
If you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodation, please contact
ACCESS and I will work with you and ACCESS to ensure that your educational needs are met.

This is a draft of the syllabus. It is
a combination of the Summer 2008
syllabus and changes to the
Summer 2009 syllabus.

Introduction to Research in Higher Education\u2013 Summer 2009
Religious Holidays:

Please submit (via email) your documented religious holiday schedule, if you will miss class to
observe a religious holiday. You are permitted to make up any work missed due to the
observance of a religious holiday.

Please turn all cell phones and pagers off (including vibrate mode) during class. Use of laptops is
permitted; however, please refrain from checking email and surfing the internet.
Guidelines for Written Work:
Written work should be presented professionally and in accordance with the standards of quality
academic work. General guidelines are typed, double-spaced, 12 point font, Times Roman or
Times New Roman font, 1\u201d margins and numbered pages. Include title page, abstract, and
reference page(s) if appropriate. Use appropriate headings and subheadings to organize your
work. Written work should conform to APA style.
All MSWord and PDF documents will be posted to Blackboard. You may access the syllabus,
readings, etc. on Blackboard. \u201cDiscussion Threads\u201d will be used to supplement in-class
Required Texts:
Creswell, J. W. (2008). Research design. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods
approaches( 3rd ed. ). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.:
American Psychological Association Manual.
Supplemental readings will be on course reserve via the Bailey-Howe Library website,
distributed as handouts, emailed as attachments, or accessible via Black Board.
Unless there areextenu ati n g circumstances, assignments submitted late will not receive full
Class Participation\u2013 10%:

This course is designed as a seminar. It is expected by your colleagues and me that you come to class prepared. This includes having completed the assigned readings and prepared to engage in thoughtful discussion of the readings. The expectation is that all will share in the responsibility for contributing to the cohort learning.

Considering this is a two-week summer session seminar, attendance is expected for each class session. In the event you must miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to propose how to make up the day\u2019s work.

You will receive an electronic copy of the self-evaluation for course participation. Please
complete the self-evaluation and include in your portfolio.
Introduction to Research in Higher Education\u2013 Summer 2009
Assignments\u2013 90%:
Students will compile a research portfolio demonstrating their understanding and knowledge of
various research methodologies. The portfolio will include:
Critique of Qualitative Article
Critique of Quantitative Article

15% Critique of Mixed Methods Article 15% Sample IRB Documentation

Sample Interview Protocol
Research Questions
Mixed Methods
APA Quiz (in class activity)
Article Critiques:

Select articles from scholarly journals that are relevant to your research interests. Analysis of the
articles should include but is not limited to its importance/contributions to the literature, review
of the literature, research questions, methodology, findings and conclusions. Critique one article
for each of the following methodologies\u2013 qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.
Critiques should at a minimum have four (4) pages and a maximum of seven (7) pages (not
including title and reference pages). Please provide an electronic or hard copy of the articles
selected for critique with your portfolio.

The following questions should guide your article critiques:

1. Is the literature review thorough?
2. Are the research questions appropriate?
3. Is the methodology clear and appropriate for the study?
4.Did the study \u201canswer\u201d the research questions?
5. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the article?
6. What are future research considerations?

The following are examples of scholarly higher education journals:

1.The Journal of College Student Development
2.The Review of Higher Education
3.The Journal of Higher Education

IRB Documentation:

Complete the IRB documentation for a research project that interests you. Include a draft of the project description and the informed consent form according to UVM Human Subjects Research Guidelines. Below are web addresses for the IRB homepage and forms:


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