Victor A. Montemurro
Comprehensive Digital Portfolio
St. John's University School of Education
EDU 9401: Introduction to Educational Research
Professor Jonathan T. Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor Frank L. Smith, Jr., Ed.D.
COURSE DESCRIPTION on
CD-ROM provided by Professor Hughes:
on the myrtle flower to jump to
To accomplish the goals stated in the course description, this course aims to:
explain the origins of scientific inquiry and the essential principles of the inquiry process.
develop the skills and understanding to deal with research theory through consistent, integrated strategies, rather than isolated responses to crisis.
understand the broad perspective that integrates and applies the contributions of specific research disciplines such as social psychology and sociology with leadership.
apply theory, always illustrated by concrete examples, to be used as tools for solving real problems.
present case problems and illustrations from actual school systems.
identify the complexities and ambiguities of research and its application to the field.
provide a systems approach which recognizes that there are no neat research answers to the array of organizational complexities facing leaders.
The above image is from an extensive lecture and presentation in the form of a Harvard Graphics slide show delivered by Professor Hughes at the start of this course. The notes from that lecture are as follows:
Dr. Hughes Lecture:
Scientific Research and the Study of Social Problems
Notes from Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4
Cohort members were invited to begin to think about
possible research topics and encouraged to explore ideas that may lead to
dissertation research. Readings were assigned from both Leedy and Wolpert.
Groups worked on answering exercise questions specifically based on the reading
from Wolpert. This work is included below as PDF hyperlinks:
Wolpert exercise one
Wolpert exercise two
Wolpert exercise three
Wolpert exercise five
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Using guidelines from Leedy, pp.11 & 12 on evaluating the
research of others, cohort members were instructed to read research carefully
Research Evaluation Exercise
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Cohort members were required to explore current doctoral dissertations on file in the Center for Educational Leadership and Accountability to come to a clear understanding of the organization and purpose of each part of the research study process and product.
The following slide show may be viewed as an Astound presentation, which will run in the browser. This work explores the components of the research study.
The viewer may click through the slide show below or run the Astound executable. Click open to run. Continue to click once when slide is paused or to go to next slide.
ABC SnapGraphics is an application that was used to create graphic representations of ideas. The presentation may be viewed below or run as an executable file in the browser window
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doctoral students were asked to begin a research topic that followed the
research study format and develop a graphic presentation that incorporates
the use of Astound and SnapGraphics. The Internet was used to explore a possible
research study called "Teacher Self Assessment: Computer Integrated Professional
Development. This topic was of interest to me at the time because I had served
from from 1999 until 2002 as a technology staff developer for my school
district. Click on the slide image to run the presentation. Click open to run.
Continue to click once when slide is paused or to go to next slide.
The following PDF documents are the research background for
the topic chosen. Click once to open the following PDF files:
Annotated web research on adult learning and computer professional development.
Technology integration self-assessment survey.
Leedy, P. & Ormrod,
Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Wolpert, E. (1984). Understanding Educational Research in Education. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company .
Best, J. & Kahn, J. (1998). Research in Education. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Gall, Meredith and Borg, Walter. Educational Research: An Introduction. New York: Longman Publishing.
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