Developing Quantitative Research Skills and Conceptualising an Integrated Approach to Teaching Research Methods to Education Students

Gillian Hampden-Thompson, Vanita Sundaram

Abstract


Increasingly, research methods in a core component of many undergraduate social science programmes. Education is no exception. Engaging students and developing their research skills, particularly in the area of quantitative methods, is challenging. This paper presents the redesign and reconceptualisation of a compulsory research methods in education module for 2nd year undergraduates.  It highlights the approach taken and provides the results of a small exploratory study that was used to assess the student’s attitudes towards the module. The results of the study indicate that overall the students had a positive attitude towards the new research methods module and that they exhibited confidence in their quantitative research skills.


Keywords


Research methods, quantitative skills, integrated approach

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