Research Methods for Christian Leadership I – CLED 730

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

As the first of six sequenced research courses, this course provides an overview of the dissertation research and writing process. Students develop the foundational knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary for critical inquiry, research design, dissertation preparation, data analysis, data interpretation, and the evaluation of research results. The course focuses on the critical evaluation of research quality. Students learn to deconstruct dissertations as a way to understand the process.

Prerequisites

CLED 700, Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership

Rationale

Critical thinking and reflection processes are crucial to both evaluating and creating research. The purpose of this first of six research courses is to guide the student in selecting, critically evaluating, and interpreting research. By studying good and bad research and by deconstructing dissertations, students will take the first step in the process of creating a dissertation worthy study and developing the skills of a researcher.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Gain a foundational understanding and overview of the dissertation research and writing process by deconstructing example dissertations.
  2. Critically evaluate educational and leadership research studies as a discerning consumer of research findings.
  3. Gain foundational knowledge, skills, and disposition necessary for critical inquiry, research design, dissertation preparation, data analysis, data interpretation, and the evaluation of research results.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Research Application Assignments (4)

The student will complete 4 research application assignments. The 4 assignments are a personal research SWOT assessment, research paradigms and profiles, research database resource search, and a dissertation review. Each assignment will vary in length, depending on the assignment requirements, and must be written in in current APA format.