This course will provide an overview of current educational research and its use as an inquiry tool. Students will apply professional writing skills by completing a final research project for the Ed.S. program, and by writing and submitting an article for publication. This is the capstone course for the Ed.S. program, and it should be taken as the last course in the program. (Formerly EDUC 718)
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course is designed to help educational specialist candidates master basic research design and analysis, along with gaining an understanding of writing for publication.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Justify how research has contributed to knowledge about education.
- Evaluate commonly used types of tests for validity and reliability.
- Explain the difference between causal-comparative and experimental research.
- Explain the usage of 3 common experimental research designs.
- Identify the basics of qualitative research designs.
- Conduct a literature review on an educational topic from a biblical worldview.
- Incorporate research ethics, competence, and cultural sensitivity into your writing for research.
- Identify appropriate sources of literature for research.
- Describe the procedures for submitting a research article to a professional journal.
- Describe the procedures for submitting a manuscript for presentation at a professional meeting.
Textbook readings and presentations (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J)
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, there will be 4 Discussion Board Forums in this course. The purpose of the Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among candidates in regard to current course topics. A thread of at least 400 words is to be completed. Each thread must have at least 1 citation in current APA format to support assertions. Two replies to classmate’s threads are to be submitted with at least 200 words each. (MLO: A, D, E)
This paper will consist of 3 separate 1-page reviews of 3 different articles. Each review must include a 1-paragraph summary of the article, a 1-paragraph analysis of the article, and a 1-paragraph summary of the importance of the article to the field of education. Include the citation for the article at the bottom of the page for each review. (MLO: F, G, H)
This paper will consist of 2 separate 6-page reviews of 2 different doctoral dissertations. The candidate will locate 2 Liberty University doctoral dissertations written within the past 5 years. One of these dissertations must address the topic upon which the candidate is focusing proposed research for this course; the other dissertation must employ a research design type similar to that which the candidate is focusing proposed research for this course. The review must include a title page and references page, and for each dissertation: A 2-page summary of the dissertation, a 2-page analysis of the quality of the research conducted, and a 2-page personal analysis and practical application discussion, wherein the candidate will describe personal lessons learned from the dissertation and the relevance of the reviewed work within the field of education. The body of the paper must be at least 12 pages, must include references and citations for 2 dissertation sources, and must be formatted in current APA style. (MLO: F, G, H)
Professional Publication Manuscript
Using the research topic of personal interest, the candidate will develop a complete manuscript for submission, for publication in a professional, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, relevant to the proposed research topic, in the selected field of study. Submission guidelines must be followed (length, style, number and type of references) for the journal chosen. The candidate may actually submit the article for publication, pending instructor feedback. This manuscript is to be submitted in Blackboard. (MLO: F, G, H, I, J)
Research Methodology Presentation
A PowerPoint presentation will be developed that addresses a research question/problem. The presentation must be 10–20 slides with a minimum of 5 articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. (MLO: B, G, H, I, J)