|Course Unit Title||RESEARCH METHODS|
|Course Unit Code||ESD508|
|Course Unit Details||MSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Electives Courses) - |
|Number of ECTS credits allocated||9|
|Learning Outcomes of the course unit||By the end of the course, the students should be able to:|
- Justify the role and importance of research in education.
- Identify the differences underlying the main philosophical traditions of educational research and understand how each tradition affects research and the construction of meaningful knowledge.
- Conduct research in compliance with ethical and legal guidelines regarding subjects studied.
- State a problem in an area of interest and formulate researchable hypotheses.
- Strategically conduct literature review on a topic of interest by using various sources of information.
- Select appropriate data collection instruments, based on their appropriateness.
- Describe their data and conduct data analysis using parametric and non-parametric quantitative the methods.
- Compare the characteristics of different research designs and decide which is more suitable for solving specific research problems and questions.
|Mode of Delivery||Face-to-face|
|Recommended optional program components||NONE|
|Recommended and/or required reading:|
- 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.
- 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 methods||Teaching 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|
|Language of instruction||Greek|