A Basic Introduction to Research Methods – Early Semester


    NEW Course! “Learning about research methods empowers students to explore their curiosities and interests with a critical and analytical lens while equipping them with transferable skills that apply to diverse areas of their academic and personal lives.”
    ~ Dr. Jessica


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    A work station with the word "Research" above it - A Basic Introduction to Research Design
    InstructorDr. Jessica Koehler
    Content LevelsGrades 9-10 • Lower High School
    Grades 11-12 • Upper High School
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnThursdays, 3:00 - 3:50 PM Pacific - 8/17/23 - 10/14/23

    Introduction to Research Methods has been carefully crafted to introduce high school level students to the exciting world of research!

    Throughout the course, students will learn the fundamental skills needed to conduct research, including how to develop research questions, create hypotheses, and design experiments. Students will also learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret data to make informed decisions. The course will provide students with a mix of engaging class discussions and activities that encourage an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

    By the end of the course, students will have a firm understanding of the research process and the ability to apply these skills in various settings.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Read the weekly assignment in the course textbook.
    • Watch 1-2 videos about the weekly subject.
    • Respond to 1-2 forum posts
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 9th-grade level or above.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • TBD