Research for School Leaders

Taught by John Pijanowski for the University of Arkansas

Course links

Syllabus

John Pijanowski's page

Discussion board

Guidelines for a good discussion

Chalk and Wire

 

Major Assignments (due)

Lit review 1st draft (4/7)

Lit review final (4/28)

10 quizzes on Blackboard (var.)

 

Helpful Course Resources

Owl at Purdue APA guide 

How to avoid plagiarism

Sample lit review

Lit review rubric 


Course Schedule

I. Introduction to research for school leaders

1/13 Introductions, review of syllabus and readings for the semester.

How educational research can be applied by school leaders.

Resources and technology we will use in this class.

II. Quantitative Research Designs

1/20 An Overview of Educational Research

      · Read Slavin Chapter 1

1/27 - Online Randomized Experimental Designs

·Read Slavin Chapter 2

·Take Quiz #1 on Blackboard

·Respond to discussion board post on Google Group

  • We will pick up our work in class next week as the current power outages have made even online class impossible this week. Stay warm and safe.

2/3 Quasi-Experiments

·Read Slavin Chapter 3

·Take Quiz #2 on Blackboard

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

The Effects on Students' Cognitive Achievement When Using the Cooperative Learning Method in Earth Science Classrooms.By: Chun-Yen Chang; Song-Ling Mao. School Science & Mathematics, Nov99, Vol. 99 Issue 7, p374, 7p, 2 charts, 2bw; (AN 2602294)

2/10 - Online Time Series Designs

·Read Slavin Chapter 4

·Take Quiz #3 on Blackboard

·Respond to discussion board post on Google Group

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

Capturing the Cumulative Effects of School Reform: An 11-Year Study of the Impacts of America's Choice on Student Achievement. By: May, Henry; Supovitz, Jonathan A.. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v28 n3 p231-257 Fall 2006. (EJ759810)

2/17 Correlational Designs

·Read Slavin pp. 82-99

·Take Quiz #4 on Blackboard

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

Learning to Read and Write Genre-Specific Text: Roles of Authentic Experience and Explicit Teaching. By: Purcell-Gates, Victoria; Duke, Nell K.; Martineau, Joseph A.. Reading Research Quarterly, v42 n1 p8?45 Jan-Mar 2007. (EJ752763)

  • Video lecture by Charles Brainerd on experimental research in standards based education

III. Qualitative and Action Research Designs

2/24 - Online Survey Research

·Read Slavin pp. 99-119

·Take Quiz #5 on Blackboard

·Respond to discussion board post on Google Group

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

The development and testing of a school improvement model.By: Leithwood, Kenneth; Jantzi, Doris; McElheron-Hopkins, Charryn. School Effectiveness & School Improvement, Dec2006, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p441-464, 24p; (AN 22847875)

3/3 Introduction to Qualitative Research

·Read Slavin Chapter 7

·Take Quiz #6 on Blackboard

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

Learning how to learn: the dynamic assessment of learning power.By: Crick, Ruth Deakin. Curriculum Journal, Jun2007, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p135-153, 19p, 2 diagrams; DOI: 10.1080/09585170701445947; (AN 25727232)

3/10 - Online Qualitative Designs

·Read Slavin Chapter 8

·Take Quiz #7 on Blackboard

·Respond to discussion board post on Google Group

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

An examination of perceptions of parental influence on attitudes to language learning.By: Bartram, Brendan. Educational Research, Jun2006, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p211-221, 11p, 3 charts; DOI: 10.1080/00131880600732298; (AN 21007430)

3/17 No Class - Spring Break

3/24 - Online Action Research

·Read Slavin Chapter 9

·Take Quiz #8 on Blackboard

·Respond to discussion board post on Google Group

·Find supplemental reading for review or review the article below:

Developing the skills of seven- and eight-year-old researchers: a whole class approach.By: Frost, Ros. Educational ActionResearch, Sep2007, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p441-458, 18p; DOI: 10.1080/09650790701514796; (AN 26386753)

IV. Planning and Implementing Research

3/31 Measurement

·Read Slavin Chapter 10

      ·Take Quiz #9 on Blackboard

4/7 Threats to Internal and External Validity

·Read Slavin Chapter 11

·Take Quiz #10 on Blackboard

V. Reading and Reporting Research

4/14 - Online Peer review of literature review

4/21 - Online Research Day

4/28 Student presentations on literature review