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Research in Technical Education

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Overview

Technical education system has shown tremendous growth during the last two decades and quality of technical education system is under criticism. The various sub-components of the system namely, input, curriculum and instructional processes, output, resources, management etc. need improvement. For introducing changes in the system, data and information need to be systematically gathered, analyzed and interpreted. In other words, systematic research needs to be undertaken. Educational research can provide laudable support to teachers in various aspects of teaching-learning and other related activities undertaken by them. Undertaking or conducting research involves formulating research proposal, organizing and conducting research, writing research report and evaluating research. The course on “Research in Technical Education: aims at enabling the learners to acquire the capabilities of selecting and defining research problem, describing the methodology of research, collecting the data and analyzing and interpreting the results to conduct the research effectively.

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT   I Introduction to Research: Need for Educational Research; Source of Knowledge – Experience, Expert Opinion and Reasoning - Deductive reasoning and Inductive reasoning, The Scientific Approach to Knowledge Generation; Education Research - Research: Concept, Educational Research: Concept and Types of Research- Classification of Research on the basis of Purpose and Classification of Research on the Basis of Method ; Steps in Conducting Research
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II Review of Related Literature: Concept; Purposes of Review of Related Literature; Sources of Information – Primary sources, Secondary Sources, Preliminary Sources; Steps in conducting review of related literature • Pre-Test
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  • Assignmenton (Prepare an abstract of the given research paper and write bibliography of the given books, papers etc.) Upload assignment on discussion forum for feedback form peers and instructors
III Selecting and Defining a Research Problem : Sources of Problems, Criteria for selecting a Research Problem, Evaluating the Problem, Steps in Defining Research Problem and writing Research Question, Do’s & Don’ts of Writing/ Defining a Research Problem and Stating Null and Research Hypotheses
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  • Assignment: Generating a list of problems in technical education
  • Uploading the list on discussion forum for feedback
Selecting Research Design and Describing Procedure: Descriptive Research: Survey Research - Types of Descriptive Research – Survey Research – Types of Survey Research and Steps in the Process of Planning and Conducting Survey; Case Study Research - Case Study Research – Concept, Designing Case Studies – State Research Questions or Objectives of a Case Study, Sate the Propositions and Describe case study approach – Select Unit of Analysis, Select Sources of Evidence, Select/develop tools for data collection, Describe data collection procedure and Preparing for Data Collection – Collect data and Analyze Data and Interpret Results ; Content Analysis Research - Content Analysis: Concept; Steps in conducting Content Analysis – State the Purpose of Content Analysis, Write Research Questions, Sample the Content, Develop Classification System for Analysis, Ensure High Degree of Inter-rater Reliability and Analyze Data and Interpret the Findings • Pre-test
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IV Ex-Post Facto Research: Concept, Characteristics, Advantages & Limitations and Process of Conduct of Ex-Post-Facto Research
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Experimental Research: Concept, Purposes and Characteristics, Experimental Research Designs (True, Quasi & Pseudo) and Factorial Designs, Step-by-step Procedure, Experimental Control, Internal & External Validity (Threats)
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Action Research: Need and Concept, Process of Conduct of Action Research
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  • Assignment on finalizing research problem and writing research objectives/questions and hypothesis
V Sampling: Introduction to sampling, various terms used, Advantages and disadvantages of sampling, Characteristics of a good sample, Determination of sample size, Different sampling designs, Advantages and disadvantages of different sampling designs, selection of different sampling design.
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Measuring Instruments: Introduction, Characteristics of a good Measuring Instruments, Designing a Questionnaire, Interview schedule- Concept types and designing interviewer schedule: Observation Schedule- Concept types and Designing Observation Schedule: Standardized test – concept and characteristics
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  • Assignment (design a questionnaire for collecting data from the institutions w.r.t pass percentages in various disciplines and interview schedule for teachers to study how decision are made at department/institute level
Collection of Data: Introduction, Guidelines for Collection of Data
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VI Analysis of Data: Introduction, Scales of Measurement – Nominal scale, Ordinal scale, Interval scale, Ratio scale: Methods of data tabulation and Analysis – Ranking, Grouping/Frequency distribution, graphic representation, and descriptive statistics- Measures of central tendency, Measures of Variability, Normal Probability curve, skewness and Kurtosis: Measures of Relationships, Inferential statistics- basic terminology, inferential statistical techniques and Selection of statistical techniques
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Formulating a Research Proposal - Concept, Significance and Types, Common mistakes and Formal
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  • Assignment (prepare a research proposal for the identified problem in technical institutions)
VII Funding Agencies: Introduction – Define funding agency, Classification of funding agencies, Different funding agencies and their contact details
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Writing a Research Report: Concept, Types and Format and Guidelines
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VIII Evaluating Research Report – Introduction, Purposes, Parts of Research Report, Parameter for evaluating research report and Rubric for Evaluate Research Report
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Assignment: go to www.shodhganga.org, select any thesis related to education and critically analysis the same

Taught by

Dr. P. K. Tulsi

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