TRCN PQE Syllabus: Educational Research Methods – PQE 019

PQE 019. Educational Research Methods
THEMES GUIDES
Category D: Category C: Category B: Category A:
NCE Teachers Graduate Teachers Master Teachers Doctoral Teachers
Identification of
educational
problems,
research design,
data gathering,
processing,
analyzing,
interpreting,
inferences and
reporting.
Nature and meaning of
research; types of research; typologies based pure research and action or applied research; typology based on form such as historical research, descriptive survey, experimental research; typology based on kind of evidence and analysis used such as qualitative
research, quantitative research, eclectic or triangular research or multiple perspectives research; the research process; choice of research topic; review of related literature; research methodology; methods of data collection – quantitative and qualitative techniques, validity and reliability; methods of organizing and analyzing data – qualitative and quantitative techniques; references and citations.
The concepts and typologies of
Educational Research (pure and
action/applied;
historical/descriptive/experimental;
quantitative/qualitative/eclectic,
etc).
Planning the research.
Research topic, statement of
problem, objectives, etc. Literature
review.
Research design. Research methodology. Data collection techniques. Observation. Self- reports. Experimentation, etc. Report writing: complete outline of a research report, etc.
Format for a Research Project. Questionnaires and other instruments for data collection. Formulation and testing of hypotheses, preparation of research reports.
Basic principles and
Techniques of research. Researches in education.
Features and types of educational research (Pure research, pedagogical research, planning research etc.); Variables (dependent,
independent moderator and extraneous variables); Hypothesis (research, alternative and null hypothesis); null hypothesis; stating
and formulating research questions, population, sample
and sampling techniques; Tools of research (questionnaire, opinionative, interview, psychometric, achievement tests, psychological tests,
observation); Basic
research methods
(historical research
method,
developmental
research method,
quasi-experimental
research method,
casual-comparative
research method,
action research and
survey study); Writing a research report (features of a research report, chapter layout emphasis, writing preliminaries and making attachments.
Definition of a
problem and formulation of hypotheses. Research types in education,
e.g. historical, survey, experimental, etc. Proposal writing for theses and grants.
Data gathering tools in education. Data analysis techniques in
educational research. Research reporting.

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