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Research in Secondary Education
Multicultural and Multilingual

SED 600

Spring 2015


Instructor:                 Dr. Tae Chang

Classroom:                ED 2103

Class Time:               Wed. 7:00-10:00

Telephone:                Office 818.677.6491


Office Hours:            Wed. 1:30-3:30 p.m., and by appointment


ED 2115A Student lab code 0216354

Required Texts    

American Psychological Association.  2009.  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.  You can also use APA format at




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 Attendance Policy

Attendance and participation are crucial components of this course.  Ideas presented in class by the instructor and your colleagues need to be heard and critiqued for individual and collective growth to take place.  If you will be absent, it is your responsibility to make contact me prior to your absence.

 Make-up Policy

 Assignments are due at the time.  Late work, for any reason, will lose 50% and the last day to turn in work being one week.


Plagiarism Policy

 Cheating or plagiarism on a test or other assignment will result in automatic failure on that specific item and possible failure in the course.  In addition, there will be a referral to the Academic Ethics Committee.  Never forget that character counts in the big picture!

Professional Expectations

As a student in a graduate program, you are expected to exhibit the behaviors of professional educators and professional students. This includes active and positive participation in class. Students are expected to treat their fellow students, the faculty, and guests with respect and courtesy. This also relates to the use of cell phones, pagers, computers, and other electronic devices.  Class should only be interrupted by emergencies.


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Instructional Philosophy and Course Overview


Content Description

This course introduces key research in secondary education and provides opportunities to analyze educational research critically.  It also addresses types of research; the teacher as researcher; planning a research study; and collecting, analyzing, and presenting data. Consideration will be given to research studies dealing with the rationale and structure of significant new approaches to science teaching. Emphasis will be given to the development of an action research proposal that connects directly with your present classroom setting.



Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

 THEORETICAL UNDERSTANDING by reading, synthesizing, and evaluating educational theory and research in their field and applying research findings to their practice in diverse classroom settings.

RESEARCH SKILLS by designing and conducting research ethically and effectively and presenting their finds at a professional level in oral and written forms.


Classroom Norms

 1.  You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss topics critically, having finished all reading, writing, and group assignments before class.

2.  You are expected to become part of a community of lifelong learners: to express ideas clearly, to help those in need, and to ask questions when in doubt.

3.  You are to show respect to the learning community and to value your classmates. We challenge ideas not people.  Listen with the same attention you would want when you speak.

 Assignments and Assessments

This course includes class participation and quizzes (as needed), short papers, presentation, current events, etc.  All assignments must be typed, double-spaced and submitted via your website at the appropriate due date.


Course Grade Expectation Reference:

A = Outstanding   The grade of “A” is reserved for those students whose performance is truly outstanding.  Performance reflects an outstanding level of competency attainment -- including critical analyses, information syntheses, and application of theory and research to practice.  Projects and exams are comprehensive, thoughtful, well organized, and clearly written.

B = Average   Performance surpasses a basic level of competency attainment, understanding, and skill, and indicates an ability to integrate and apply information.

C = Below average   Performance meets expectations for a basic level of competency attainment and understanding.

C- or Below = Unsatisfactory.  Performance does not meet expectations for a basic level of competency attainment and understanding.