Writing and Communication
This session will engage participants in activities designed to help them begin writing their dissertations. Topics will include developing early drafts, clarifying ideas, keeping a research journal, and organizing materials. Participants will be actively involved throughout the session, which will include ample discussion.
Changing Face of America: 21st Century Demographic Shifts
This session will explore how the nation is changing racially, ethnically, culturally, and geographically as well as how these changes may impact education. Participants will be able to find answers to many questions, including the following:
- Are human capital and monetary resources for educational programs keeping pace with demographic changes?
- Are community schools prepared to meet the needs of its new students?
- As an educator, how are demographics impacting my work?
The Relevance of Ethics in Research
The session will focus on ethical norms as the standards for behavior that apply to people conducting research or engaging in other scholarly or creative activities. The goal is to raise awareness of the relevance of ethical behavior for conducting research and its essential principles. Presenters will highlight the essential values to collaborative work, researchers being accountable to the public and their institutions, in addition to moral and social values.
Theoretical Lens: Exploring, Learning and Identifying
One of the challenges for beginning doctoral students is to find and identify a lens through which they can propose a research topic and then finally analyze the data that they will be collecting. In this session, the presenter will introduce, explain, and give examples of theoretical lenses by exposing students to actual theoretical lenses via a variety of instruments (scholarly articles, texts, dissertation theses, etc.).
This session on qualitative research will review the principles of this research methodology and provide specific tips in designing a qualitative study. The session content will include in-depth and formal interviewing techniques, principles of field observation, questionnaire design, and philosophical inquiry into qualitative research perspectives. Major emphasis will be placed on learning how to integrate qualitative logic and language in every chapter of the dissertation.
Quantitative Research Methods
This session will provide an overview of the different types of quantitative research designs, including experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational, survey, and ex post facto designs. The presenter will also discuss different ways to collect quantitative data in order to answer your research questions.
This session on mixed methods for research will introduce the concepts of research designs related to incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods into a single research project. The session was designed for graduate students with the aim of communicating and applying the conceptual and procedural components of various mixed methods designs. The emphasis will be on the explanation of these concepts and the applications to “real-life” and research-based paradigms so students can become more skilled at applying the most appropriate research designs and develop the skills necessary to complete an applied dissertation.
Survey Development: Process and Expectations
Any student wanting to develop or modify a survey for their dissertation needs to understand the survey development process. This session will detail how to develop/modify a survey for use in one’s dissertation. An overview of the different methods for conducting surveys, as well as how to establish content validity, will be the focus of this session.
This session will give students an overview of the theory, preparation, and practice of analyzing qualitative data. Students will learn the different ways to organize the data collection and data analysis as it relates to the qualitative tradition and research questions. In addition, different types of interpretive analytic approaches and their use will also be explored and applied. Last, students will be introduced to different types of computer software for organizing the coding process. It is highly recommended that students come to this session with a qualitative data set to analyze.
Statistical Analysis Made Easy: A Beginner’s Tutorial on How to Use SPSS Software
SPSS is a user-friendly software for analyzing quantitative data. In this session, you will learn the basics concerning how this software is used. Step by step instructions will be provided for both creating a new database and importing an existing Excel spreadsheet into SPSS. Details concerning easy point and click procedures for using SPSS with ease will be described. By the end of this session you will have a firm grasp concerning how this powerful, yet very user friendly, software can be used to analyze data for your applied dissertation.
How to Use SPSS to Answer Basic Quantitative Research Questions
Students will receive a concise overview of how to use SPSS for answering research questions of interest to them. Procedures for entering data into SPSS will be reviewed. Point and click procedures for obtaining descriptive statistical output will be described. Also, how SPSS can be used to examine differences between groups with respect to average performance will be reviewed. Finally, correlational approaches used to explain individual differences on an outcome will be reviewed. Specifically, SPSS procedures for answering research questions using t-tests, analysis of variance, correlations, and multiple regression will be covered.
A Journey from Dissertation to Publication
In this session, the presenter will discuss the personal journey of one FCE alumnus from writing the dissertation to successfully publishing an article. An overview of how goal setting, time management, writing tools, editing, revising, and final production of the dissertation will be provided and discussed. Procedures and suggestions for publishing opportunities based on your dissertation will be outlined. The journey does not end with the successful completion of the dissertation, but continues with publication and being recognized as an academic with credentials.
Finding Tests and Instruments
Don't stress out trying to find validated tests and measurements. This session will cover library tools that will help you identify and select an appropriate instrument. Strategies for obtaining permission for instruments will also be discussed.
EndNote is a powerful citation management tool that helps you collect and organize references from online sources, and save PDF documents. It also offers a Cite While You Write feature. This session will include a brief overview of downloading and installing the software, but will mainly focus on using EndNote. Participants should make an appointment if they need one-on-one help with installing the software on their computers, downloading database content, or using EndNote's features.
Organizing Sources for a Literature Review
Keeping up with the literature in a chosen field, and keeping track of what you already have found, can be daunting. Learn some tips and tricks for organizing your sources such as setting up alerts, naming files, creating folders, and using cloud tools.
Identifying Theories and Landmark Studies
This session will cover finding relevant dissertations to help you identify theoretical frameworks. Using Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database of over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, will help you identify landmark or seminal studies by searching for frequently cited articles.
Sage Research Methods
Tap into 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned content with advanced search and discovery tools to help you design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct research, and write up findings. The session will also cover SAGE Research Methods Cases, a collection of case studies of real social research specially commissioned, and designed to help students understand often abstract methodological concepts by introducing them to case studies of real research projects.