Chelsea Brown


EDU 7901 Advanced Research Design

Korynne Taylor-Dunlop, Ed.D.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to extend students understanding of the research process and to sharpen their ability to design either a quantitative or qualitative study as a possible research strategy focused on a question of educational importance (Dunlop, 2010).

Course Synthesis

     The text chosen by Dr. Dunlop for this course was Practical Research Design by Leedy and Omrod.  This text provided us with a comprehensive understanding and guidelines for planning our research.  This course was our first look at qualitative research. It was in this course that Dr. Dunlop assisted us with laying out the first three chapters of our dissertation.

     It became evident that the problem statement drives the research and therefore it needs to be clearly stated and understood by the writer.  This was a difficult task for me, as I was still unsure of my topic and the problem statement.  Therefore I opened myself up to become a sponge and soak in all that Dr. Dunlop shared, feverously taking copious notes always asking myself the following questions:  Why is this important?  How does it tie into educational leadership?  Which theorists will I use to “sure it up”?

     We continued to share as a cohort where we were, where we thought we were going, and how we thought we were getting there.  Dr. Dunlop guided us through these beginning stages of what was about to become the “long haul”.



Leedy, P., & Ormrod, J. (2010). Practical Research: Planning and Design. Saddle River: Pearson Education


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