Educational Research - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

Module Purpose and Objectives

The main purpose of this module is to familiarize students with the stages of conducting qualitative educational research. Also, students will be able to provide a critical analysis and interpretation of research findings based on the qualitative approach in the field of education.

Module Content

In this module, students will study the basic principles of qualitative educational research. Specifically, students will study the qualitative research phases and design (research questions etc.). Also, students will learn the basic qualitative methodological approaches (ethnographic research, case study research, action research, narrative research, grounded theory), as well as the methods of collecting qualitative data. They will also learn the qualitative data analysis processes in order to present concrete conclusions.

Module Purpose and Objectives

Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of quantitative research in education
  • understand ethical issues related to quantitative research
  • know the main characteristics of the basic methodological tools of quantitative research
  • report the stages of implementing a quantitative research
  • know and apply sampling techniques based on the quantitative paradigm
  • know and apply quantitative data collection methods
  • understand and apply quantitative data analysis methods
  • interpret and evaluate quantitative data and conclusions / findings

Module Content

In this course, students will study the basic principles of the quantitative research in education, the stages of conducting quantitative research and the development of critical competence against research findings of quantitative research studies. Also, students will learn about the data collection process when designing a quantitative research study (specialization of a research topic, formulate quantitative research questions, select and design methodology), as well as to understand ethical issues that arise during the design and implementation of a questionnaire. Finally, students will learn the basic techniques for analyzing and processing the quantitative research data (presenting results and drawing valid conclusions).