Courses offered in the Department of Educational Leadership
EDL 850 Using Quantitative and Qualitative Research for School Improvement - 3 credits
Educational leaders must be able to make sound decisions based on meaningful data and proven research. In this course students learn the quantitative and qualitative research skills needed in today’s climate of school accountability. Students review the core strategies of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and consider how these strategies may be used to inform school/district decision making. Each student identifies a researchable question from his/her educational or worksite experience and creates a research design to investigate that question. Students will study the meaning of data-driven decision making and design a module to use with the faculty in their schools to develop a school culture where all are informed about the technical skills of research and aware of the importance of quality research in achieving school improvement goals.