INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Code: 11044
ECTS: 6
Departament: Department of Education and Distance Learning
Field of Study: Education Sciences
Keywords:
    Educational research
    Data collection and analysis techniques
Teacher:
Susana Henriques
Área Científica: Education Sciences and Sociology
E-mail: susana.henriques@uab.pt

Course Description:
In this course unit students are intoduced to research processes specific to Education and provided with fundamental tools suitable for developing research procedures. The research track in Social Sciences concerning Education issues will be thoroughly analysed: major paradigms, various methods and techniques.


Competences:
In the end, students are expected to be able to:
• identify and distinguish different stages within an educational research project,
• understand the differences between research methods and techniques,
• organise analytically research data,
• develop the capacity to adapt research objectives to the population being studied - the specific case of researching with children.


Contents:
I. The investigation process
Scientific knowledge in social sciences
The phases of the research process
II. Research methods
III. Investigation techniques
Questionnaire survey
Interview
     Observation - observation grid, diary ...
Documentary research
The specificity of children
IV. Data Analysis
Analysis of qualitative data - content analysis


Bibliography:
Compulsory bibliography
Bell, Judith (1997), Como realizar um projecto de investigação, Lisboa, Gradiva.
Quivy, Raymond; Compenhoudt, LucVan (1995), Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais, Lisboa, Edições Gradiva. 

Additional bibliography
Carmo, Hermano; Ferreira, Manuela Malheiro (2008), Metodologia de Investigação. Guia para auto-aprendizagem, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta.
Coutinho, C. P. (2014). Metodologia de investigação em Ciências Sociais e Humanas: teoria e prática. Coimbra: Almedina.
Amado, J. (Coord.) (2013). Manual de investigação qualitativa. Coimbra: Universidade de Coimbra.
Bento, A. (2011). As etapas do processo de investigação: do título às referências bibliográficas. Funchal: Coleção Ideias em Prática. Campenhoudt, L. V. (2003). Introdução à análise dos fenómenos sociais. Lisboa: Gradiva.
Outros recursos disponibilizados online
Other resources available online.


Format:
E-learning


Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Assessment:
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt