Areas of Study

Course Overview

This course will focus on various techniques and methods of sociological research with an emphasis on selection, formulation, and execution of research projects in an applied early care and early education setting. Students will demonstrate an understanding of early interventionist’s relationship with statistics and research considering research and researcher biases as they pertain to evaluation and assessment. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize the student with important concepts of and stages in social scientific research. The course will begin with many different ways of acquiring knowledge, and then consider such concepts as hypotheses, theories, research designs, measurements, methods of data gathering, and analysis and culminate in the development and completion of an IRB approved research proposal by the student in their area of interest. Students will complete the CITI Trainings for Human Subject’s Research by the end of the course. Students’ critical thinking skills will be challenged and their points of view will be supported by evidence and theory.

Admission to Interdisciplinary Studies: Infants, Toddlers and their Families Masters of Arts Program or permission of instructor.

Credit: 3