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Research Methodology in Education and Social Sciences

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Start Date
17 Apr 2018 (Tue)
6 weeks
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Deadline on 09 Apr 2018 (Mon)

Mastering the knowledge and skills in research process is a key to success in advanced studies of education and social sciences. This course is intended for novice researchers who plan to carry out research projects and report their findings. It will cover the major methods of data collection and analysis using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Participants will also learn how to produce coherent research proposals and reports.

Knowledge in education and social sciences is primarily created and constructed through continuous research. Mastering the research methods and the process of information collection and analysis is a key to success in gathering relevant data and obtaining useful results. This course is intended for education and social science students and teachers who intend to carry out research projects for their profession or study. Its goal is to enable participants to understand qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research paradigms in the research process and the criteria by which research findings are accepted as knowledge. The participants will also learn how to plan and implement a research project effectively, identify the right research problem, review pertinent literature critically, select suitable methods of data collection and report the findings in the proper format and style.

Each 2 1/2 hour session will consist of tutor’s input, workshop discussion, and review of sample research projects to help participants understand the theory and practice of educational and social sciences research.

  1. How education is studied and practised as a discipline, profession and social process through which research findings become accepted as knowledge?
  2. What are the criteria by which research is regarded as a process of knowledge creation and development?
  3. What are the purposes of conducting research? How should research be done and reported?
  4. What is the chain of reasoning as a conceptualization of the logic underpinning data collection and presentation in support of a generalization?
  5. How to plan and implement a research project? How to identify the problem that deserves investigation?
  6. What are the methodological procedures in qualitative and quantitative approaches?
  7. What is mixed methods research and how should it be done?
  8. How to design survey questionnaires and interview guides, and conduct interviews, observation, case study and content analysis?
  9. What are the statistical techniques in quantitative research? (Descriptive, Causal Comparative, Correlational, and Experimental Designs will be discussed)
  10. How to establish the validity and reliability of the data and the generalizability of the results?
  11. What is the responsibility of ethical research?
  12. How to write a research proposal and a research report?
Application Code 1580-1432NW -

Days / Time
  • Thursday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 6 meetings
    3 hours per meeting
  • Hong Kong side (To be announced)
  • Dr Justin Kwan, BA (Hons) HK; MBA AIOU Macau; BEd, MEd, MAppLing (TESOL), PhD Macquarie
Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2700

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