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Transcript of Doctoral Timeline
ETAP Ph.D Timeline
12 Credits completed
Doctoral Gateway Review
Four Inquiry Courses Completed
Inquiry Tool Requirement
Complete All Required
Initiate in the last semester of coursework by using the appropriate form
Complete Pilot Study and submit paper
Give a public presentation to the committee and interested parties
Pass, revise/resubmit, fail/retake
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (Pilot Study)
Receive the final review document
Discuss review with advisor
Complete with a 'B' or better at least one quantitative course, and one qualitative course, and two additional inquiry-related courses
A pilot study is a small scale preliminary study conducted in order to improve upon the study design prior to performance of a full-scale research project.
A pilot study can provide potentially valuable insights that can be applied to the full-scale study to improve the chances of clearer findings. It is a chance to test things such as instruments and protocols, to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, or to anticipate and avoid possible adverse events.
Pilot studies are a crucial element of a good study design. They can reveal deficiencies in the design of a proposed study. These can then be addressed before starting the larger study. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood.
1.Determine the issue that you are addressing
2.Determine research questions that will address the issue
3.Critically review the relevant literature that provides background and reasons for your study
4.Determine conceptual framework that will guide your data collection and analysis
5.Determine participants and context/setting
7.Submit proposal to the IRB
11.Write conclusion and recommendations
12.Evaluate the study design for the purposes of going forward
A wide variety of relevant inquiry-related courses are offered in the Department, in other departments in the School of Education, and in other departments of the University. An incomplete list of inquiry courses follows:
General Research Methodology
ETAP 741: Advanced Issues in Methodology
ETAP 743:Meta-analysis and Literature Review in Educational Research
ETAP 771:Research Design Seminar in Educational Theory and Practice
ETAP 772:Inquiry Skills in Program Development II
ETAP 781:Research in Practice II
ETAP 826:Advanced Methods for Studying Learning in Technology-Enriched Contexts
ETAP 776:Theory and Practices of Interviewing in Interpretive Research
ETAP 777:Qualitative Research Methods
ETAP 778:Qualitative Research Field Methods
EPSY 530:Statistical Methods I
EPSY 630:Statistical Methods II
EPSY 734:Multivariate Analysis with Computer Applications
ANT 600:Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
ANT 601:Advanced Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
Specific courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor, keeping in mind the twin goals of familiarity with diverse traditions (one course in each area) and competence to work within a particular tradition (two additional courses in one area). General research methodology courses may count as either quantitative or qualitative with the consent of the advisor.
Doctoral Comprehensive Exam (Pilot Study) Form
Exam can be initiated any time after completion of coursework
Topic of pilot study should be the same or directly related to thesis topic and proposal
Pilot study must contain data collection and data analysis
Evaluation is based on paper and presentation