Methods of Qualitative Research in Education
In addition to the required reading, you will be asked to complete three main assignments in this course. In effect, these assignments represent related parts of a semester-long project focused on understanding qualitative research in the context of a specific issue or question related to your academic field or discipline. In large part, you determine the shape of these assignments, based on your interests and background.
With the exception of the group presentation, all of the course assignments are related to a central research question that you formulate and try to answer through your work in this course. In a sense, this course asks you to engage in qualitative research on that research question in the form of a pilot study; each assignment is part of that pilot study.
Click the links below (indicated by gold lettering) to access detailed guidelines for each assignment. Deadlines for the assignments will be found in those guidelines and on the course schedule.
The main course assignments are:
In addition to the three main assignments, you will participate in an online discussion on a WebCT discussion board that has been set up for the course.
Additional Course Policies
Attendance. This syllabus should make it clear that this is a hands-on course that relies in large measure on student involvement. Much of what you will learn in this course will result from your genuine participation in class activities and assignments. This kind of participatory learning cannot be made up outside of class. As a result, attendance in the course is mandatory. However, given the vagaries of life, it is possible that you may need to miss a class because of illness, family responsibilities, etc. Therefore, students are allowed one unexplained absence in the course without penalty. If you miss more than one class meeting without approval, you may have as many as 15 points deducted from his or her course total. More than two absences may result in an unsatisfactory grade for the course.
Plagiarism. Plagiarism is a breach of trust in a course like this, which is founded on a spirit of shared intellectual inquiry. Plagiarism is also a very serious offense in an academic institution. Please review the University's policies on academic dishonesty. If you are caught plagiarizing in this course, you run the risk of failing the course and suffering additional University sanctions.