Mar 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MB 7210 - Evaluating Educational Interventions

2 lecture hours 4 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course extends the learning from knowledge gained in Project Lead The Way or Center for BioMolecular Modeling summer courses. It requires students to develop an educational intervention related to STEM teaching, then design and implement a research project to evaluate the impact of the intervention on the student achievement. (prereq: MB 6100  and completion of a Project Lead The Way or Center for BioMolecular Modeling summer course)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Assess own knowledge and skills against those needed to conduct meaningful scholarship in teaching and learning in their classrooms
  • Describe the action research model, appropriate use of collaborative research techniques, and elements of sound classroom research design
  • Define a focal point and refine it to formulate a research question appropriate for implementation using the action research model in the classroom
  • Design an action research model to address the formulated research question
  • Address key ethical and legal issues surrounding action research in the classroom, and in the research design of own project in particular
  • Identify, adapt, and justify new STEM curriculum and/or teaching techniques as the intervention to be investigated in the research model
  • Implement the classroom research protocol defined in the model, typically including pre-measures, intervention, and post-measures
  • Apply appropriate statistical analysis methods to evaluate data gathered in research effort
  • Document and present results of research with an emphasis on findings, implications for student
  • Communicate positive findings to peers and school leaders in a compelling and persuasive manner

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction to education research
  • Action research overview
  • Ethical frameworks for education research
  • Understanding the problem or focus area
  • Defining a research topic/project
  • Connecting research, theory, and prior practice
  • Conducting a literature review - Part 1
  • Exploring MSOE online library resources
  • Conducting a literature review - Part 2
  • Revising the research topic/focus area
  • Developing an educational intervention
  • Planning the action research study
  • Aligning data collection strategies with research questions
  • Sources of data and data collection
  • Enhancing credibility, reliability, and validity of data and the study
  • Analyzing data to produce insights/results
  • Communicating research proposals and results
  • Persuasive presentations
  • Anticipating and responding to risks
  • Peer evaluation of planned research projects
  • Course evaluations
  • Project final revisions and wrapup

Dr. Kathleen Miezio

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