FAM 390:INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN FAMILY STUDIEs
MW 2:00-2:50 p.m.
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An introduction to research design, methodology, instrumentation, and data analysis with emphasis on a students ability to understand and critique research in human development and family relations.
Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
-Read and analyze/critique family science research reports.
-Identify, describe, and apply concepts related to the research process.
-Identify and discuss the ethical and professional responsibilities confronting
the family science researcher.
-Compare and contrast research with families to research with other social groups.
-Explain the interrelationship of theory, research, and professional practice with children and families.
-Point out the advantages and challenges associated with the research methods used
in family science.
Cozby, P.C. (2001). Methods in Behavioral Research. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.
Greenstein, T.N. (2001). Methods of Family Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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1.Class attendance and participation:Attendance is an essential ingredient of class
participation and the learning process.Each student is expected to attend all class sessions and to participate in class discussions and exercises.
Religious Holidays: Students are entitled to an excused absence for the purpose of
observing major religious holidays. However, the instructor must be notified in
writing by the second week of class.
2.Reading as assigned throughout the semester.It is expected that students will have
completed assignments prior to each class session. This is essential since class
exercises will be based upon reading assignments.
3.Papers:Each student will analyze two family science research studies as reported in
refereed journals and will be prepared to discuss them during class sessions.
** ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE EXPLAINED DURING CLASS SESSIONS.IF
YOU MISS THE EXPLANATION FOR AN ASSIGNMENT DUE TO
ABSENCE, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO GET THE INFORMATION FROM
** ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED OR WORD PROCESSED AND
PREPARED ACCORDING TO APA GUIDELINES.HANDWRITTEN/HAND
PRINTED PAPERS WILL NOT BE READ BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
** Grades on late papers (except in cases of documented excused absences as defined
in The Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook) will be reduced 2 points for
each day late.Papers must be turned in within the first five minutes of the class
session in order to be considered on time.
4.Exams:There will be three exams (covering reading assignments, class exercises,
and lecture material).Exams must be written with blue or black ink or sharpened
pencil in blue examination books.
Make-up exams will only be given in the case of documented excused absences (as
defined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook).Make-up exams may
differ in format from exams given during regularly scheduled exam times.
The final grade for the course will reflect class participation (class exercises and attendance are components of participation) as well as the scores earned on papers
Points will be distributed as follows:
Exam 1 100 points
Exam 2 100
Exam 3 125
Class Participation ..50
Papers (2 @ 25 pts.) 50
In order to earn a grade of C or better, all papers and exams must be completed.
Upon completion of all papers and exams, grades will be determined in the following manner:
383 425 = A
340 382 = B
298 339 = C
255 297 = D
0 254 = E
1. Reasonable accommodations
If you have a special need that may require an accommodation or assistance, please inform the instructor of that fact as soon as possible.
2. Classroom Etiquette
-Arrive on time.If you are late, take a seat near the door.If there are no seats near the door, you may stand or sit on the floor.DO NOT walk in front of
classmates or the instructor once the session has begun.
-Remain present for the entire class period.Leaving class early (without permission) will be recorded as an absence. Notify the instructor (in advance) if you have to leave class early.
-DO NOT WEAR HATS AND CAPS in the classroom.
Classroom Etiquette contd.
-Turn pagers/cell phones off upon entering the classroom.
-No food is to be eaten during class sessions.
-Do not blow bubbles with your gum during class.
-Show respect for others by your speech, behavior, and body language.
3. Writing Skills
It is assumed that all students in this course can communicate effectively using standard written English.Assignments, in part, are designed to sharpen academic writing skills as well as to foster critical thinking/reflection related to the course content.Therefore, all out-of-class assignments will be evaluated for spelling, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and organization of ideas.Writing mechanics are important!The Writing Lab in Young Library has been established to help students with writing skills.Use if you need help!
All members of the academic community are expected to produce their own scholastic work.When using outside sources, students are to give credit for ideas and information taken from others.The minimum penalty for cheating and plagiarism is an E in the course.
Aug. 24Challenges Facing the Family ScientistG Ch. 1
Aug. 27To Be AnnouncedTBA
Aug. 29Families and the Research ProcessTBA
Aug. 31-Sept. 7Theory, Research, and the ProfessionalC Ch. 1
G Ch.3, 4
(Sept. 3Academic Holiday)
Sept. 14Presenting Research ResultsG Ch. 2
Sept. 17-19From Concepts to VariablesC Ch. 5
Sept. 21Measurement of VariablesG Ch. 5
Sept. 24Exam 1
Two Journal Articles
Oct. 5Academic Holiday
Oct. 8-12Evaluation ResearchC Ch. 8, 9, 10
Experimental ResearchG Ch. 11; pp. 73-80
Oct. 15-17Quasi-Experimental, Single-C Ch. 11
Subject, and Developmental
(Oct. 15: Paper 1 due)
Oct. 19Exam 2
Oct. 22-24Survey ResearchC Ch. 7
G pp. 80-85
Oct. 26UK Interdisciplinary ConferenceTBA
Children and Families 2001
Oct. 29-Nov. 2Developing a QuestionnaireG Ch. 9
Nov. 5Focus GroupsTBA
Nov. 7-9To Be AnnouncedTBA
Nov. 12-16Qualitative ResearchC Ch. 6
G Ch. 7
Nov. 19Use of Existing Data G Ch. 12; pp. 91-95
Nov. 23Academic Holiday
G Ch. 10
(Dec. 3: Paper # 2 due)
Exam 3: Friday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.