RESEARCH METHODS (BDS)
Course instructor information:
Dr. Heath Rose
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences
Dr. John Bosco Conama
Centre for Deaf Studies
Heath's contact information:
Office: Room 3040, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
Course codes: DF3012
Tuesday 9-10am, PX112
Wednesday 11-1pm, PX112
Classes start on the hour and finish at 10 to the hour, with a 10-minute break between.
Course overview and content
The module has three aims: (i) to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate published research and to explore different ways of translating research questions in quantitative or qualitative studies, (ii) to introduce the basic concepts, experimental designs and statistical procedures needed to execute research, and (iii) to provide hands-on experience in engaging in a small-scale supervised deaf studies group research project. A particular focus will be on appropriate approaches to engaging in research with/about Deaf communities.
There are four parts to the assignment for this module:
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
WEEK 1: with H. Rose
Goals and outline of the course; introduction to main topics; different approaches to research
WEEK 2 with H. Rose
Design and analysis of surveys.
Main Reading: Dornyei. (2001), Chapter 2
WEEK 3 with H. Rose
Analysis of surveys.
WEEK 4 with H. Rose
Experimental and quasi-experimental design; key research terms and concepts;
Main Reading: Paltridge & Phaketi (Eds.). (2010), Chapter 2 [Susan Gass on Experimental Research]
WEEK 5 with H. Rose
Qualitative data collection instruments; interviews, focus-groups; retrospective and introspective tasks; qualitative data analysis
Main Reading: Cohen, Manion & Morrision (2011), Chapter 11
WEEK 6 with H. Rose
Qualitative research designs; case-studies; field research; observations; participant sampling; threats to reliability and validity.
Main Reading: Dornyei (2007), Chapter 6
WEEK 8: with J. B. Conama
Discussing proposals for research.
WEEK 9 with J. B. Conama
Working with the deaf community.
WEEK 10 with J. B. Conama
WEEK 11 with H. Rose
Research ethics and School Research Ethics Process.
Main Readings: Coolican (2004), Chapter 20 [ethics]
Also Research ethics documents on the School website;
Logistical aspects of conducting and writing-up research: Structure of a research dissertation or academic article; Evaluating a draft outline of a research dissertation and improving it.
Main Reading: Bryman (2012), Chapter 29 [writing a dissertation]