This is a basic educational and social research methodology course aimed at developing acquaintance with key tenets of quantitative (i.e., positivistic), qualitative (i.e., interpretive and beyond) and mixed research designs. The course begins with introducing positivistic research traditions, thereby creating a space for interpretive and other traditions in educational research. The insufficiency of conventionally defined efficiency paradigm shall be discussed as a way of conceiving the primacy of context-based, cultural and humanistic dimensions in broadening the scope of social and educational research. This discourse shall further be enriched by articulating methods of systematic and narrative literature review together with a host of metaphors for mapping the field of inquiry. Taking survey, ethnographic, phenomenological and narrative inquiry methods at disposal, learners will chart the journey of scholarship about different research designs. Finally, there will be an opportunity for such scholars to familiarize themselves with different sets of quality and ethical standards needed by qualitative researchers.
- Teacher: Suresh Gautam