Research Methodology (Required)

Research Methodology
National Taipei University of Education, Fall, 2018

Time: Thursday, 13:30~16:25
Place: D 204
Instructor: Karen Hui-Jung Chen

Course Objectives:

This course is to help you design your thesis or research projects by addressing the fundamentals of research designs and methods in social sciences, especially in education. By completing this course, your are expected to:

  1. Identify theories, hypotheses, and methods used in social science research.
  2. Choose and apply a method to the research in order to answer the research questions.
  3. Collect and analyze data.
  4. Present the results to others in an appropriated way.

Class Format:

The course will be based primarily on lectures and discussion.


  1. Attendance and participation (20%)
    Attendance is required for this course. Students are expected to complete weekly readings before each class, and be fully prepared for class discussion and contributions. Participation will be evaluated from class discussions and involvement in class activities.
  2. Two homework assignments (30%)
    Details about homework assignments will be announced in class.
    A. Assignment 1: Large-N Sampling
    B. Assignment 2: Survey Methods
  3. Research proposals (50%)
    Research proposal includes 1st proposal (10%), 2nd proposal (15%), and 3rd proposal (25%). You have to write and submit the proposal for your research project three times in this course.
    A. First Proposal: Research questions and significance (Length: 1 to 2 pages)
    B. Second Proposal: Literature Review and Research Design (Length: 3 to 4 pages)
    C. Final Proposal: Thesis Proposal (Length: As long as required. Max. 10 pages)



  1. Required Books:
    Fraenkel, J. R., Wallen, N. E., & Hyun, H. H. (2015). How to design and evaluate research in education (9th Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
  2. References:
    Cresswell, J. W. (2013) Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
    Gall, M. D., Borg, W. R., & Gall, J. P. (2006). Educational research: An introducation (8th ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman Inc.

Proposed Topics:

Part I. Introduction to Research

  1. The nature of research

Part II. The Basics of Educational Research

  1. The research problem and locating and reviewing the literature
  2. Sampling
  3. Instrumentation
  4. Validity and Reliability
  5. Internal Validity

Part III. Quantitative Research Methodologies

  1. Experimental Research
  2. Survey Research

Part IV. Qualitative Research Methodologies

  1. The Nature of Qualitative Research
  2. Observation and Interviewing
  3. Ethnographic Research

Part V. Mixed-Methods Studies

  1. Mixed-Methods Research

Part VI. Research by Practitioners

  1. Action Research

Part VII. Writing Research Proposals and Reports

  1. Preparing Research Proposals and Reports
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