Research Methods for Christian Leadership II – CLED 770

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

Course Description

As the second of six sequenced research courses, this course acquaints the students with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods methodologies and the role of statistical analysis in the evaluation of research results. Students are introduced to the resources and tools available to the doctoral level researcher. Additionally, this course addresses the steps needed to successfully defend the dissertation. Lastly, students will choose their research topic for their doctoral research.

Prerequisites

CLED 700, 720, and 745

Rationale

Social research focuses on people in their contexts. This course will equip the student to conduct social research by reviewing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods models of research design. Students learn to match the appropriate design to their research purpose and questions. The Doctorate of Education in Christian Leadership program requires the research and writing of an original dissertation. This course takes the student from idea conceptualization to the actual formation of research questions and preliminary research design.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research options in selecting a suitable dissertation research design.
  2. Utilize the resources and tools available to the doctoral level researcher.
  3. Select a dissertation-worthy research topic.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, dissertations, and websites

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide 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 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C)

Group Presentation: Part 1

Each student will be placed in a research group and assigned a quantitative or qualitative research methodology topic. Group members will work together in a group discussion board area to create a PowerPoint presentation covering the research methodology topics assigned by the instructor. The group will then create a YouTube posted video of their narrated presentation. Each presentation should be between 20-25 minutes in length. (Outcome: A)

Group Presentation: Part 2

Each group will post their video presentation into the classwide discussion board forum for this assignment. Each student will then post at minimum of 2 replies of at least 400 words each to the presentation presented by another group(s). Group members should also answer questions posted about their presentation as well. (Outcome: A)

Purpose Statements

Each student will develop three potential research purpose statements for possible use in a doctoral dissertation – one each for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. The statements will follow the template provided in the Creswell textbook. This assignment must be completed in accordance with APA formatting. (Outcome: C)

Research Questions

Students will take the purpose statements developed for the Purpose Statements assignment and formulate three to five research questions per purpose statement to subdivide the research problem. Each student will submit three research question sets appropriate for the research design approached - one quantitative, one qualitative, and one mixed-methods. The questions will be developed in accord with the instructions provided in the text and in the course videos. This assignment must be completed in accordance with APA formatting. (Outcome: C)

Quantitative Research Profile

Using the template found in the Ed.D Program Handbook, students will utilize the research purpose statements and research question sets developed in the Purpose Statements and Research Questions assignments to create a quantitative design research profile. The research profiles will be considered preliminary in nature and will serve as potential topics for the development of the dissertation. (Outcome: C)

Qualitative Research Profile

Using the outline found in the Ed.D Program Handbook, students will utilize the research purpose statements and research question sets developed in the Purpose Statements and Research Questions assignments to create a qualitative design research profile. The research profiles will be considered preliminary in nature and will serve as potential topics for the development of the dissertation. (Outcome: C)

Mixed Methods Research Profile

Using the outline found in the Ed.D Program Handbook, students will utilize the research purpose statements and research question sets developed in the Purpose Statements and Research Questions assignments to create a mixed methods design research profile. The research profiles will be considered preliminary in nature and will serve as potential topics for the development of the dissertation. (Outcome: C)