Research Methods for Christian Leadership III – CLED 805

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

Course Description

This is the third course in a series of six research methods seminars. This course is designed to develop research proficiency necessary for the creation of the first chapter of the research prospectus. Students will gain a further understanding of the research process including the identification of a research problem and initial steps in the development of a literature review. Students will submit a working draft of chapter 1, “Introduction to the Research Problem.”

Prerequisites

Enrollment in the School of Divinity EdD in Christian Leadership; CLED 700, 720, 745 and 780.

Rationale

Through six research courses, the student will acquire necessary competencies in conducting doctoral level research. Skill development includes identification of the research problem, conducting a literature review, designing of research approach, collecting data, data analysis, and writing of the Dissertation. Analytical and critical thinking skills required to evaluate and interpret research findings are also developed. The chart below identifies the linkage between the research courses and the steps in the dissertation development process.

Seminar

Research Product

CLED 730 Research Methods for Christian Leadership I

Deconstructing a Dissertation

CLED 770 Research Methods for Christian Leadership II

Three Potential Dissertation Profiles

CLED 805 Research Methods for Christian Leadership III

Chapter One of the Prospectus

CLED 830 Research Methods for Christian Leadership IV

Chapter Two of the Prospectus

CLED 900 Research Methods for Christian Leadership V

Chapter Three of the Prospectus/Comps

CLED 905 Research Methods for Christian Leadership VI

The Prospectus and The IRB Process

CLED 989 Dissertation Research & Writing

Researching and Writing the Dissertation

CLED 990 Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Completed and Defended

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop the research proficiency necessary for the creation of the first chapter of the research prospectus.
  2. Identify and articulate a research problem appropriate to a dissertation design.
  3. Conduct an initial literature review related to the research problem.
  4. Write the first working draft of Chapter 1, “Introduction to the Research Problem.”

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and video presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Group Discussion Board Forums: Peer Reviews

For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to post an element of his/her planned research work based on a prompt provided by the instructor. The student will then assist his/her classmates, along with the instructor, in reviewing the work posted. The student is to make constructive comments designed to aid his/her classmates in the development of their research work. Each group Peer Review will be graded based on the thread and the contribution the student makes to the community learning process.

Initial Literature Review

The student will conduct an Initial Literature Review related to the research problem. When doing research, it is important that research problems be derived from, and grounded in the study of a literature already addressing the broad topic under consideration. This assignment is an opportunity to explore the literature foundational to a dissertation-worthy topic which is of interest to the student. The student must identify key theological, theoretical, thematic resources relevant to his/her research in interest. The student will then develop a 5–7-page summary of these resources, and his/her potential connection to their research problem. The intent is that these pages, with editing, might serve as the introduction to the student’s problem in Chapter 1 of his/her Prospectus.

Prospectus Chapter 1 First Draft

The student will write and submit a rough draft of the first chapter of a potential research Prospectus. This draft will follow the outline for either the quantitative or qualitative Prospectus as presented in the EdD in Christian Leadership Handbook. The draft must carefully follow the template provided in the course “Additional Information” folder. If a mixed-method approach is employed, the student will follow a hybrid version of the outline modified appropriately for his/her research problem and design. The first draft must be 10–15 pages. The student must recognize that this is a first draft and may not ultimately be approved by the dissertation committee. However, every care must be taken to write as if this will become part of the Prospectus document.

Prospectus Chapter 1 Second Draft

The student will re-write and re-submit a second draft of the first chapter of a potential research Prospectus. This draft will follow the outline for either the quantitative or qualitative Prospectus as presented in the EdD in Christian Leadership Handbook. The draft must carefully follow the template provided in the course “Additional Information” folder. If a mixed-method approach is employed, the student will follow a hybrid version of the outline modified appropriately for his/her research problem and design. The second draft must be 10–15 pages. The student must recognize that this draft version of the chapter may not be ultimately approved by the dissertation committee. However, every care must be taken to write as if this will become part of the Prospectus document.

G. CITI Training

All students, faculty supervisors and IRB members must take CITI Training. In this course, the student must complete the Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Basic course. Details in how to complete this requirement are available in the “Assignment Instructions” folder on Blackboard. The student must present evidence of successful completion of the course to receive credit for this assignment.