(3 credits; 30 hours plus conferences; 15-20 students per offering)
The course examines research design and methods appropriate for studies in urban education. Ethical issues pertaining to the conduct of research are examined, including issues of informed consent involving research with human subjects. Also, the course examines theoretical research and research designed to test innovations in education as ends of a continuum in which the methods studied are appropriate for addressing questions/issues at multiple levels (e.g., macro, meso, micro levels of society). The theory and methods included in the course are: historical, philosophical, ethnographic, hermeneutic/phenomenological, narrative inquiry, participatory action research, discourse analysis, descriptive statistical, and inferential statistical (parametric and non parametric). Each of the research methods will be examined in terms of the underlying theory (i.e., logics), procedures associated with the methods, and ways in which each the methods has been applied in urban education. In relation to all of the methods studied in the course, the potential of mixed methods will be studied.