EDCO 821

EDCO 821: Quantitative Methods for Educational Research
3.0-4.0 SH


This course introduces students to major methodologies and fundamental skills of quantitative research. Students critically examine the features of common research methods, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs, as well as related sampling techniques. Students study the underlying principles of educational psychological measurement, focusing on such concepts as validity, reliabiliity, and bias. Students also acquire skills for interpreting basic statistical procedures. Topics include descriptive statistics, introduction to statistical inference, and the presentation and interpretation of statistical data in educational literature. The course provides students with an opportunity to use statistical computing packages, such as SPSS, to support data analysis and interpretation. Students will learn about writing proposals for quantitative research and have some practice with data collection and analysis. Students taking the course for 4 semester hours will be required to conduct a small-scale quantitative study. 3.0 - 4.0 hours lecture.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in a doctoral program at MSU.