Applied Research – EDUC 816

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course examines applied research methods used in the field of education. This course addresses the methods, skills, and knowledge necessary for completion of an applied research project.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


A doctoral education should prepare the graduate to innovate within his/her workplace and identify implications for practice, policy, or research. This course is designed to equip the candidate to identify problems, design interventions, and generate solutions to improve policy or practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

The candidate will complete assigned readings from course texts and course documents.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are a collaborative experience. Therefore, the candidate will answer two Discussion prompts. Each initial post must be between 400 and 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate will reply to at least two classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words. Where applicable, candidate should use citations to support assertions in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, D)

Introduction to the Problem Assignment

The candidate will use the information from the textbook reading to write an Introduction to the Problem for a proposed educational report. (CLO: C, D)

Interview Questions Assignment

The candidate will develop three interview questions to help answer the central research question for their study. The three interview questions must be supported by the literature; thus, each interview question must contain at least one citation. (CLO: D)

Focus Group Questions Assignment

For this assignment, the candidate will compose three focus group questions that will be used to answer the central research question for their study. (CLO: D, E)

Interview Transcription Assignment

The candidate will conduct an interview and transcribe the interview using the three interview questions developed in the Interview Questions assignment. (CLO: E)

Survey Prompt Assignment

For this assignment, the candidate will compose three Likert scale survey questions that are supported by the literature to help answer the central research question for their study. (CLO: D)

Qualitative Questionnaire Assignment

The candidate will compose three to five demographic questions and ten qualitative questions. (CLO: E)

Research Topic Approval Assignment

Applied research candidates must have a topic approved to ensure that it meets applied research guidelines. This assignment serves as official approval for the candidate's research topic. (CLO: A, C, D, E)

Permission to Conduct the Research Assignment

The candidate will compose a letter or email written to the actual gatekeeper of the site where research will be conducted. (CLO: A, D, E)

Quizzes (5)

The candidate will complete five open-book quizzes covering the assigned Claxton and Michael textbook readings. Each quiz will consist of 20 multiple-choice or true/false questions. The candidate will have 2 hours to complete each quiz. (CLO: A, B, C, D)