Year 2 Semester 1 (12 CRH)

 

Block 7: Basics of Research in Education: Methods and Techniques (5 CRH)

This block addresses the empirical cycle, and discusses various types of qualitative and quantitative research (including quasi-experimental and descriptive). Students formulate a research question and make a critical appraisal of the relevant literature. Comparative research designs are considered, with classic reliability and validity theory. In statistics, descriptive data are dealt with via sample distributions and frequency tables. Analytical methods such as the t-test, correlation coefficients, chi-square and, where relevant to student projects, analysis of variance, simple regression analysis and exploratory factor analysis are introduced and applied. Ethical issues, research review boards and clinical trials are covered. Individual work is tempered to exploration and discussion of initial plans for research including proposal preparation for research committee review.

Block 8: Student Assessment (4 CRH)

Basic principles of test construction, blueprinting, assessment methods, standards setting and systems management are covered in Block 7. Methods examined in depth include MCQ, Extended Multiple Choice, OSCE, OSPE, and Short Answer. Issues of reliability, validity and difficulty level are also examined. Differences between competency-based exams and norm-referenced grading methods are explained.

Block 9: Faculty Development (3 CRH)

This block presents a variety of strategies for faculty development, both remedial and enhancing. Formative analysis, feedback, treatment and enhancement programs, follow-up and documentation of educational contribution and progress are discussed. Particular emphasis is given to duties related to the student’s work environment and responsibilities, as well as to latest innovative educational methodologies. Workshop planning, seminar series, portfolio development and individual needs assessment all constitute relevant areas related to faculty development. Students’ real-life scenarios are used to identify individual priorities.