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2016W - Research Methods 1: Introduction to STEM education research

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Course Description


In this course, we will look at typical assumptions about STEM education and educational research, as well as contentious issues in historic and current debates together with basic educational research designs. We will consider past trends in STEM education and social science research methodologies to understand where we are now as well as learn about current developments in the field. The course will introduce students to various approaches and discourses within the broader frame of STEM education research. We will review relevant literature and consider a variety of topics in the field; formulate possible research questions and develop initial research designs according to students’ various interests. We will also pay particular attention to research design issues, i.e. how one designs a study so that can answer particular research questions; which are the basic elements of research designs; what are the most typical methodologies and methods in education research. Accordingly, we will discuss the distinction between research designs and methods and how methods can form the basis of knowledge claims about a phenomenon of study.


List of Sessions 


  • October 6, 13:45 - 15:15, room S2 054
  • October 13, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054
  • October 27, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054
  • November 10, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054 
  • December 1, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054
  • December 15, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054 
  • January 12, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054 
  • January 26, 13:45 - 17:00, room S2 054 

Planned topics


  • Introduction to the principles of education research
  • Introduction to literature review, referencing, bibliographical software options
  • Introduction to research questions and designs
  • The aims and purposes of STEM education in schools
  • Research on affective factors, believes, conceptions and motivation in STEM education
  • Research on teaching STEM subjects in schools
  • Research on improving assessment in schools
  • Preparing your own research design


Further Information


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