Methodology in Higher Education Research A

Numbering Code G-EDU50 56357 SJ47 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits Course Type topics seminar
Target Year Master's students Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Fri.2
Instructor name TAGUCHI MANA (Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of this course is to learn various methods for conducting research in higher education while gaining the skills necessary to select and implement the optimal methods for one’s own research. This course will provide an overview of the characteristics (pros and cons) of various methods used in educational sociology and psychology. Students will then design their own research plans, including drafting implementable research questions and selecting and critiquing relevant literature while discussing their ideas with the class. Practical methods to be discussed include questionnaire methods incorporating statistical thinking and practical analysis, interview-based methods, observational methods such as field work, and combined planning methods involving more than one of the above.
Course Goals 1. Learn various methods of higher education research and their characteristics and then explain the methods to others
2. Gain the basic knowledge of how to select and implement optimal research methods
3. Clarify research interests and conceive a relatively practical, implementable research plan
4. Increase motivation for conducting research and adopt an attitude of proactive effort
Schedule and Contents
Class 1 Introduction
Class 2 Formulating research questions 
Class 3 Review of various research methods
Class 4 Statistical thinking and data handling basics
Class 5 Literature-based investigation 
Class 6 Investigation using virtual data
Class 7 Basic thought process and data handling for qualitative surveys
Class 8  Literature-based investigation (*requires preparation outside of class hours)
Class 9 Conducting interviews 
Class 10 Characteristics of the observation method and basic data collection and analysis methods
Class 11  Literature-based investigation 
Class 12 The basic thought process behind the combined planning method and the basics of combining methods
Class 13  Literature-based investigation 
Class 14 Class overview, summary, and sharing 
Class 15 Presentation of evaluations (explanations) and grade reports
Evaluation Methods and Policy 【Grading Method】
1. Performance-based grade 60% (achievement of goal 1, achievement of goal 2)
2. Research plan (concept) grade 20% (achievement of goal 3)
3. Class participation attitude 20% (achievement of goal 4).

【Grading Policy】
Students will be evaluated based on achievement goals under the Graduate School of Education grading policy.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Refer to the “Course Plan and Content” column. Students will be instructed on actual assignments during class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Not used
References, etc. Introduced during class