MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleRESEARCH METHODS
Course Unit CodeESD508
Course Unit DetailsMSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated9
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Justify the role and importance of research in education.
  2. Identify the differences underlying the main philosophical traditions of educational research and understand how each tradition affects research and the construction of meaningful knowledge.
  3. Conduct research in compliance with ethical and legal guidelines regarding subjects studied.
  4. State a problem in an area of interest and formulate researchable hypotheses.
  5. Strategically conduct literature review on a topic of interest by using various sources of information.
  6. Select appropriate data collection instruments, based on their appropriateness.
  7. Describe their data and conduct data analysis using parametric and non-parametric quantitative the methods.
  8. Compare the characteristics of different research designs and decide which is more suitable for solving specific research problems and questions.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Cohen, L. & Manion, L. (2000). Research Methods of Education (X. Mitsopoulou & M. Filopoulou, Trans.). New York: Routledge.
  • Papanastasiou, K., & Papanastasiou, E. (2005). Research Methods in Education. Nicosia. In Greek.
References
  • Creswell, J. (2007). Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3rd ed.): Prentice Hall
  • Green, J., Camilli, G., & Elmore, P. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.
  • Weiss, C. (1997). Evaluation. New Jersey: Prentice Hall
  • Wiersma, W., & Jurs, S. (2008). Research Methods in Education: An Introduction: F.E. Peacock Publishers.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsTeaching methods include lectures, group and whole class discussions of materials and student assignments, in-class activities and occasional brief presentations of students. Most of the meetings will feature a “workshop mode” where students will work, discuss and get feedback on their work.
Assessment methods and criteria
Midterm Exam20%
Assignments30%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO