University of Vermont
College of Education and Social Services
Higher Education and Student Affairs
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.
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
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.
This is a draft of the syllabus. It is
a combination of the Summer 2008
syllabus and changes to the
Summer 2009 syllabus.
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.
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.
15% Critique of Mixed Methods Article 15% Sample IRB Documentation
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.
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?
1.The Journal of College Student Development
2.The Review of Higher Education
3.The Journal of Higher Education
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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