Course GEDU 711 | Every spring semester.
Course GEDU 706 | Applied Educational Statistics
Course GEDU 708 | Research Methods in Education
General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.
Objectives or Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
- Determine whether survey research is the best available methodology for a proposed research design;
- Determine which type of survey is most appropriate;
- Set up guidelines for experimental designs of surveys as well as crosssectional, cohort, and case-control designs and provide checklists of risks to avoid for internal and external validity;
- Determine proper wording of questions, feasible number of questions,
- to standardize response choice,
- to ask questions about attitude, knowledge, behavior,
- to avoid biased wording,and
- to distinguish among response formats that use nominal, ordinals and numerical measurement;
- Write questions that are most effective for telephone interviews and in-person interviews;
- Write cover letters that will motivate and increase response rate;
- Know the myriad sampling techniques such as random sampling, stratified random sampling, systematic sampling, snowballing sampling, quota sampling, and focus groups;
- Discuss inclusion and exclusion criteria, the logic in estimating standard errors, sample size determination, and the sources of error in sampling;
- Measure reliability and validity;
- Analyze survey data;
- Present effective written and pictorial survey findings.
Students will be required to:
- Read weekly on assigned topics
- Respond to regular quizzes and participate in "term identifications"
- Make a class presentation on a given topic
- Create a survey
- Complete a "take-home" exam
Criteria for Evaluation:
- 40% class preparation, weekly reading, participation, quality of discussion
- 20% class report
- 30% final "take home" exam
- 10% quizzes
Possible Course Textbooks:
None; use of textbooks on survey research in the library for class report.