Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Classes: (i) video lectures will be posted, (ii) practice items with answers will be posted, (iii) Zoom tutorials Q&A session will be arranged during the class lecture time (will tentatively use the time slots 230-430pm on 10, 12 August; keep 11, 13 as reserved if change is needed), zoom links will be provided on blackboard
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This course is designed to introduce students to research methods, which approach educational phenomena from empirical and positivistic perspectives. The course will begin with the basic logic of conceptualization, operationalization and measurement in quantifying educational phenomena. It will explicate basic principles of research designs in quantitative methods. These may include experimental and quasi-experimental designs and sampling designs in survey methods. It will also familiarize students with basic operations of descriptive and inferential statistical analyses in educational research. The course content will be illustrated with cases of quantitative research in Hong Kong educational settings.
The present course will concentrate on basic knowledge in quantitative studies. More advanced quantitative methods will be covered in PEDU6403, PEDU6404, PEDU6405.
(PEDU6405 for students doing PhD and with very strong statistics/maths background ONLY, see web course and information in www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/~kthau)
In view of the brevity of the course, we will discuss basic topics relevant to most students. They will include (approximately one lesson for each unit) :
Learning Activities and Class format
Students will study lecture notes with reference to the textbook and/or other easily available materials on the web. They will have to complete exercise to check their understanding of the materials.
|Nature of Learning Activities||Percentage (%)|
|Study lecture video/notes||45|
|Study relevant course materials||20|
We will draw extensively on actual studies or published research reports to evaluate critically their research designs and analyses. Students will be required to comment on various research designs in the exercise.
Originally this course has been conducted using e-learning mode with flip (see articles on flip on www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/~kthau the left most column);
(fast play, min)
|Time (normal play, min)||Time
(fast play, min)
45 min total
44 min total
55 min total
50 min total
|A||Outstanding performance on all learning outcomes|
|B||Substantial performance on all learning outcomes, or high performance on some learning outcomes which compensates for less satisfactory performance on others, resulting in overall substantial performance|
|C||Satisfactory performance on the majority of learning outcomes, possibly with a few weaknesses|
|D||Barely satisfactory performance on a number of learning outcomes|
|F||Unsatisfactory performance on most of learning outcomes, or failure to meet specified assessment requirements|
Feedback for evaluation
Feedback from students will be collected through email exchanges and course-end evaluation.