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									UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY - COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
        Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation


  EPE 773-401 SEMINAR IN EDUCATIONAL POLICY STUDIES


“PREPARATION OF THE DISSERTATION PROPOSAL”

                                       Fall 1999

                            Professor Thomas R. Guskey
                           145 Taylor Education Building
                                 Phone: 257-8666


I. Nature of the Seminar

    The goal of this seminar is to provide advanced graduate students with guidance
and direction on their individualized research projects, which typically involve
students’ masters theses or doctoral dissertations. It is expected that prior to enrolling
in this seminar, students will have successfully completed graduate level courses in
research methodology, data collection techniques, and qualitative or quantitative data
analysis procedures. The focus of the seminar is on the application of these methods,
techniques, and procedures to the specific research problems selected by students.


II. Course Procedures

    Class sessions for the seminar will involve primarily discussions and debates.
Students will be expected to present different aspects of their research throughout the
semester both orally and in writing. Class discussions will center on the content and
format of these presentations. Their purpose is to help students refine and clarify
their research problems, the procedures they plan to use in their investigation, and the
possible implications of their findings. The process and politics involved in
defending a thesis or dissertation, and completing a degree program in a reasonable
period of time, are also described. As a result of the seminar, students should be well
prepared to develop their formal thesis or doctoral research proposal.
III. Recommended Texts

Krathwohl, D. R. (1988). How To Prepare A Research Proposal (3rd ed.).
     Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.

Pyrczak, F. (2000). Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.
     Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing.



IV. Specific Requirements

    In addition to regular participation in the seminar discussion sessions, each student
is expected to:

1. Carefully read the assigned material before the class session at which it will be
   discussed.

2. Complete the written assignments that will be assigned at regular intervals
   throughout the semester. These assignments all relate to students’ individual
   research projects. All assignments must be typed.



VI. Grading

   Grades for the course will be based upon the following criteria:

1. Scores on the written assignments (70%)

2. Participation in class sessions and discussions (30%)



VII. Availability of the Seminar Instructor

   The course instructor will be available for conferences with students on Monday
and Tuesday mornings, and at other times by appointment. Conferences can be
scheduled by phone or by leaving word with the secretary in the Department of
Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, 145 Taylor Education Building.



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