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RESM 610 Research Methods

This course is designed for an exploration of the fundamental processes of research. The course introduces students to the terminology, methods, and tools of scholarly research.  Specific topics include characteristics of historical, descriptive, quasi-experimental, experimental research, and qualitative research; measurement considerations as related to validity, reliability, generalizability, instrumentation, and data analysis; and ethical concerns. The course also addresses the practical aspects of writing a thesis/project proposal, gathering data, organizing the report, and presenting the findings.

Units: 3


Graduate students:

  • MAEd (Emphases: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Administration)

This course may also be taken by

  • Teachers for continuing education
  • Teachers and missionaries as non-degree course for professional development
  • Graduate students of other schools as transfer credit


At least 3 hours/day for approximately 2 months.



Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the nature, process, approaches, and tools of research.
  2. Apply research procedures in relevant and meaningful contexts.
  3. Share reflections on the value of conducting research to one’s professional and spiritual growth.



Week 1

The Nature and Process of Research

  1. Purpose of research
  2. Research process
  3. Types of research: Qualitative & quantitative
  4. The research problem
  5. Ethical aspects of conducting research
Week 2

Parts of Research Proposals and Completed Reports

  1. Sections of a proposal
  2. Sections unique to reports
  3. Writing: Mechanics & format
Week 3

Review of Literature

  1. Purpose of review of literature
  2. Types of sources
  3. Steps in literature search
  4. Writing the literature review
  5. Ethics of research writing
Week 4 

Research Designs

  1. Quantitative methods
  2. Qualitative methods
  3. Merged/Mixed methods
  4. Action research
Week 5

Data Collection

  1. Sampling: Random & non-random
  2. Measurement scales
  3. Types of data collecting tools
  4. Validity and reliability
Week 6

Data Analysis

  1. Quantitative analysis: Descriptive and inferential
  2. Qualitative analysis: Content analysis & theory generation
Week 7

Interpretation of Results

  1. Types of interpretations
  2. Writing Conclusion
Week 8

Submission and Revision of Research Draft

Week 9




Gracel Ann S. Saban, PhD

GRACEL ANN S. SABAN served as professor and dean of the College of Education at the Adventist University of the Philippines before coming to the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) as faculty in the Education department. She has a PhD in Education with emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and a cognate in Educational Administration. Her exposure to research and scholarship informs her pedagogical practices. As a passionate teacher trainer and researcher, she is zealous in her mission to empower adult learners through inquiry-based learning and constructivism. Her research and publication interests include language pedagogy, effective teaching, and curriculum and instruction, among others.



Prema Gaikwad, PhD

Dr. Prema Gaikwad is professor in the Education Department here at AIIAS. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and a cognate in Reading at Andrews University. She has been a seasoned educator, proficient writer, well-known researcher and inspiring mentor for more than 40 years. Her passion in teaching has taught her to love her students and motivate them to excel in their chosen careers.