Exploring Students' Conceptions of Research and Inquiry

"Exploring Students' Conceptions of Research and Inquiry" is a collaborative project with scholars at Indiana University and Lesley University exploring the way that students' conceptions of research and inquiry shape their experiences in an introductory research methodology course. The project is currently in its second phase, which involves the collaborative writing of a methodology textbook due to be published in 2021 by SAGE Publishers, based on empirical data collected through an action research study. Funding for this project has come through a phase I and phase II Indiana University SoTL Grant.


  • Li, P., K. Ross, P. Zhao & B.K. Dennis. (2017). “Critical Action Research: How do Graduate Students in an Introductory Research Class Conceptualize ‘Research’?” In SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  • Ross, K., B.K. Dennis, P. Zhao & P. Li. (2017). “Exploring Graduate Students’ Conceptions of Research: Links Between Identity and Research Conceptions.” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education29(1): 73-86.
  • Zhao, P., P. Li, K. Ross & B. Dennis. (2016).“Methodological Tool or Methodology? Beyond Instrumentality and Efficiency with Qualitative Data Analysis Software.” Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(2): Article 16.