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Research Methodology in Education and Social Sciences

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Start Date
26 Sep 2024 (Thu)
6 weeks
English, supplemented with Cantonese
Course Fee
Deadline on 18 Sep 2024 (Wed)
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The course is designed for teachers, students, educational and social sciences professionals who intend to accomplish a research project or to study a course that requires research skills.  It aims to enable participants to acquire the knowledge and expertise required for conducting research and writing research proposals and reports. The participants will learn to identify the knowledge gap, define the research problem, frame the research question, review relevant literature, choose a suitable research design (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods), collect quantitative and qualitative data, analyse them and evaluate their validity and reliability. Finally, the  course will enable the participant to write the research proposal and also report the research findings in discipline-specific genres by using academic language in order that their research could contribute to knowledge creation and development.

Each 3-hour session will consist of the tutor’s input, class discussions, and review of selected research papers to help participants understand the theory and practice of conducting a formal inquiry. Relevant learning resources will be provided in class.

Programme Details

  1. What is a research problem/research question?
  2. How to conduct a literature review, find the sources and evaluate them?
  3. How to identify the gap of knowledge in a specific field of study?
  4. What is the difference between research methodology and research methods?
  5. What are research paradigms and their underpinning philosophical frameworks?
  6. What are qualitative and quantitative data and how to collect and analyze these data?
  7. How to conduct questionnaire surveys, interviews, observations or focus group discussions?
  8. How to analyze quantitative data by using descriptive and inferential statistics and SPSS software? (normal distribution, hypothesis testing, confidence interval, correlation coefficient, t-test, f-test, linear and multiple regression, factor analysis, and path analysis)
  9. How to collect and analyze qualitative data by using coding, categorizing and theme extraction methods?
  10. How to present research findings and write effective Research Proposals and Reports?

Dr Justin Kwan, BA (Hons) HK; MBA AIOU Macau; BEd, MEd, MAppLing (TESOL), PhD Macquarie

Class Details
Research Methodology in Education and Social Sciences Apply Online Now
Application Code 2245-2788NW
Start Date 26 Sep 2024 (Thu)
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Days / Time
  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 6 meetings
    3 hours per meeting
  • Hong Kong Island Learning Centre

Teacher Information

Dr Justin Kwan, BA (Hons) HK; MBA AIOU Macau; BEd, MEd, MAppLing (TESOL), PhD Macquarie


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2900


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1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

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Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

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  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

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