1997-98 Graduate School Catalog


John W. Murray, Jr., Coordinator of Graduate Studies, 251 Graduate Education Building, 575-2207


Degree Conferred: (none)

The Program Area of Educational Foundations offers graduate courses common to all degree programs in education, and provides specialized studies in education which is not within the purview of other programs in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Courses: Educational Foundations (EDFD)

5013 Introduction to Educational Research (Fa, Sp, Su) General orientation course which considers the nature of research problems in education and the techniques used by investigators in solving those problems. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

5123 Economic Education (Su) Overview of basic economic facts and principles with emphasis on means of employing them in the curriculum of elementary and secondary schools (Same as ECON 5123).

5303 Historical Foundations of Modern Education (Fa, Sp, Su) Critical analysis and interpretation of the historical antecedents of contemporary education, focusing upon the American experience from the colonial period to the present.

5323 Global Education Comparative and global analysis of international education with emphasis on cultural education and implications for the future.

5353 Philosophy of Education Introduction to the method and attitude essential to effective analysis and interpretation of issues and values within a society reflecting cultural, ethnic, gender, and global diversity.

5373 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Fa, Sp, Su) Psychological principles and research applied to classroom learning and instruction. Social, emotional, and intellectual factors relevant to topics such as readiness, motivation, discipline, and evaluation in the classroom.

5393 Applied Educational Statistics (Fa, Su) Basic educational statistics course for master's degree candidates. Includes concepts and operations as applied to frequency distributions, graphing techniques, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, random sampling, and interpretation of statistical results.

5473 Adolescent Psychology in Education Study of the adolescent experience with emphasis on the unique psychological problems and tasks of this developmental stage; role of educators in the facilitation of crises resolutions in social, personal and institutional conflicts. Prerequisite: consent or graduate standing.

5573 Life-Span Human Development Basic principles of development throughout the human life-cycle. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development.

560V Workshop (1-18) (Irregular)

5663 Computers in Research A basic course in the use of computers in the educational research process. Selection and evaluation of computer software, operation and selection of hardware, creating educational research materials, and uses of computers as educational research tools are considered

599V Seminar (1-18) (Irregular)

605V Independent Study (1-18) (Fa, Sp, Su)

6213 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Educational Policies Critical examination of current educational aims within the framework of social-cultural-environmental foundations. Provides the student an opportunity for analyzing in-depth implications of divergent educational aims for educational procedures and programs.

6223 Educational Futurism An integrative, holistic analysis and assessment of potential alternative futures to guide current educational practice. Prerequisite: graduate standing and history or philosophy of education.

6403 Elementary Statistics and Data Processing Applied to Education (Fa, Sp, Su) Theory and application of frequency distributions, graphical methods, central tendency, variability, simple regression and correlation indexes, chi-square, sampling, and parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Use of the computer for the organization, reduction, and analysis of data (required of doctoral candidates). Prequisite: EDFD 5013 or equivalent.

6413 Experimental Design in Education Principles of experimental design as applied to educational situations. Special emphasis on analysis of variance techniques used in educational research. Prerequisite: EDFD 6403 or equivalent.

6423 Multiple Regression Techniques for Education Introduction to multiple regression procedures for analyzing data as applied in educational settings, including multicollearity, dummy variables, analysis of covariance, curvilinear regression, path analysis. Prerequisite: EDFD 6403.

6443 Qualitative Research Introduction of non-quantitative methods, including data collection through interviews, field observation, records research, internal and external validity problems in qualitative research. Prerequisite: EDFD 6403.

6453 Applied Multivariate Statistics Multivariate statistical procedures as applied to educational research settings including discriminant analysis, principal components analysis, factor analysis, canonical correlation, and cluster analysis. Emphasis on use of existing computer statistical packages. Prerequisites: EDFD 6413, 6423 or equivalent.

660V Workshop (1-18)

6623 Techniques of Research in Education Use of scientific method in attacking educational problems. Emphasis placed on the planning and design of research studies, collection of reliable and valid data, sampling methods, and analysis and interpretation of data. (Required for all doctoral students.)

6653 Measurement and Evaluation Fundamentals of measurement: scales, scores, norms, reliability, validity. Test and scale construction and item analysis. Standardized measures and program evaluation models in decision-making.

668V Practicum in Research (1-12) (Fa, Sp, Su) Practical experience in educational research on campus, in school systems, or in other agencies in educational program development. Prerequisite: consent.

699V Seminar (1-18) (Irregular) Prerequisite: advanced graduate standing.

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