RM095-6 - Introduction to Research Methods
3,000 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The nature of research and related debates relating to its purpose, value, ethics, paradigms and epistemology.
- Critique the research methods most often used in a candidate’s proposed field of research.
Be able to
- Identify a researchable topic and articulate the research question, or hypothesis being explored.
- Articulate the conceptualization underpinning the research proposal.
- Develop a research plan that demonstrates capacity to manage the research project.
Be in a position to
- Write a clearly set out research proposal that can be completed within the time allowable.
- Satisfactorily complete an Ethics Protocol where human subject participant is required.
- The philosophy of research
- The place and value of student research in higher education
- The purpose of research
- Epistemological issues in research
- Paradigms in research
- Integrity in research: awareness of ethical issues and honesty with evidence
- Issues of personal motivation for beginning and sustaining research
- The resources of research
- Resources in the college: staff, library, peer interaction
- Resources beyond the college: other researchers and research groups, internet, conferences and consultations.
- Learning to use the tools and access the sources for efficient research
- Qualitative and quantitative research: the importance of methodology
- Managing and reporting data: collection and maintenance
- Literature reviews: library and other electronic resources
- Administration of research
- The candidate-supervisor relationship
- Supervisor’s role and responsibilities
- Candidate’s role and responsibilities
- Compatibility, styles of supervisions and dispute resolution
- Risk in research
- Project Management
- Time path of research
- Sketching argument and structure
- Developing work programs
- Establishing a schedule for the production of written materials; parts of the whole paper of a thesis/project; accumulation of data from survey research; supervisor’s scrutiny of the parts and feedback
- Analysis and interpretation
- Handling evidence and data
- Research in the service of Christian ministries
- Research in ministry – design and practice
- Focus and production
- Formulating a proposal: defining the topic; setting realistic, achievable goals; benefits
- Safeguards in ‘human subject research’: the evidence necessary for project approval by an ethics committee; ethics protocols for research involving human subjects
- Final form of the thesis/project: revision of style and accuracy of writing; consistency in use of conventions; supervisor’s final approval; research writing for critique and publication.
Required Texts – Both Streams
Candidates to choose one item marked with an asterisk (*) and one item marked with a dagger (†).
*Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M., The Craft of Research, (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2008)
*Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E., Practical Research: Planning and Design, 9th ed. (Princeton, NC: Merrill, 2010)
Murphy, Nancey C., Reasoning and Rhetoric in Religion, reprint, (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2001)
Phillips, E. M. & Pugh, D. S., How to Get a PhD. A Handbook for Students and their Supervisors, 2nd Edition (Buckingham, Open University Press 2005)
†Turabian, Kate L., A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th Ed (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007)
†Vyhmeister, N. J. and Roberston, T. D., Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology, 3rd ed., (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014)
Additional Required Texts Stream 1: No Human Participation Research
Candidates to choose two of the items marked with an asterisk (*).
*Black, D. A. & D. S. Dockery (eds), New Testament Criticism & Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991)
*Bradley, J. E. & R. A. Muller, Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works, and Methods (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995)
*Barton, J., Reading the Old Testament: Method in Biblical Study (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1996)
Mitchell, Basil, How to Play Theological Ping-Pong, (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1990) (esp. Chs.7–11)
Woodbridge, J. D. & T. E. McComiskey, eds, Doing Theology in Today's World (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991)
Additional Required Texts - Stream 2: Human Participant Research
Ammerman, Carroll, Dudley & McKinney, Studying Congregations: A New Handbook (Nashville: Abingdon, 1998)
Myers, William, Research In Ministry: A Primer for the Doctor of Ministry Program, 3rd Edition (Chicago, Exploration Press 2000)
Swinton, J. & Mowat, H., Practical Theology and Qualitative Research (London, SCM 2006)
Van de Creek, L., H. Bender & M. R. Jordan, Research in Pastoral Care and Counselling (Decatur, GA: Journal of Pastoral Care, 1994)
Other General References
Anderson, J. & M. Poole, Assignment and Thesis Writing, 3rd ed, (Brisbane: J Wiley & Sons, 1998)
Baker, S. & Steane, P., Surviving Your Thesis, (London, Routledge, 2004).
Ballear, P. & Pritchard, J., Practical Theology In Action: Christian Thinking in the Service of church and Society, London SPCK, 2006)
Barzun, J. & Graff, H., The Modern Researcher, 5th Edition, (Fortworth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College, 1992).
Bell, J., Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First Time Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences, 2nd ed. (Buckingham: Open University, 1993)
Bouma, G, The Research Process, 2nd Ed, (Melbourne, Oxford 1996).
Collis, J & Hussey, R., Business Research, a practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students, 2nd Ed, (Palgrave: Macmillian, 2003)
Cryer, P., The Research Student’s Guide to Success, 2nd Ed, (London: Open University, 2000)
Davies, R. E., Handbook for Doctor of Ministry Projects (Lanham, MD: UPA, 1984)
De Bary, Edward, Theological Reflection: The Creation of Spiritual Power in the Information Age, (Collegeville: Minnesota 2003)
Denzin, N K & Lincoln, Y S, Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd Ed, (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2005)
De Vaus, D A, Surveys in Social Research, 5th Edition, (Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 2002)
Epp, E. J. & G. D. Fee, Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993)
Evans, D & Gruba, P., How to Write a Better Thesis, 2nd Edition, (Carlton South: Melbourne University Press, 2002)
Farley, Edward, “Theology and Practice Outside the Clerical Paradigm” in Practical Theology, Ed. Don Browning, (Cambridge: Harper and Rowe, 1983), 21-41.
Gabriel, Y, Storytelling in Organizations; Facts Fictions and Fantasies, (Oxford: OUP, 2000)
Glesne, C. & A. Peshkin, Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction (White Plains, NY: Longman, 1992)
Holland, J & Henroit, P. S. J., Social Analysis, (Maryknoll: Orbis, 1992)
Killen, P. O. & deBeer, J., The Art of Theological Reflection, (Crossroad Publishing, 1994)
Kinast, Robert L, Let Ministry Teach: A Guide to Theological Reflection, (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996)
Kinast, Robert L, What Are They Saying About Theological Reflection, (New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2000).
Mann, T., The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd Ed, (New York: OUP, 2005)
Marshall, C. & Rossman, G., Designing Qualitative Research, 6th Ed, (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2016)
Maykut, P. & Morehouse, R., Beginning Qualitative Research: A Philosophic and Practical Guide, (London: The Falmer Press, 1994)
Miles, M. B. & Huberman, A. M., Qualitative Data Analysis, 3rd Ed, (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2014).
Miller, D. E. & B. J. Seltzer, Writing and Research in Religious Studies (Prentice Hall, 1992)
Moustakas, C, Phenomenological Research Methods. (Thousand Oakes: Sage, 1994)
Moustakas, C, Heuristic Research, (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995)
Morgan, D L, Focus Groups as Qualitative Research, 2nd Edition, (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1997).
Pattison, Stephen, “Some Straw for Bricks: A Basic Introduction to Theological Reflection”, Contact 99, 1989, 2-9.
Pruyser, Paul W., The Minister as Diagnostician, (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1976)
Robson, C., Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists & Practitioner-Researchers, 2nd Ed, (Oxford: Blackwell 2002)
Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R., Surviving the Dissertation. A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, 2nd Edition, (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2001)
Sandelowski, M. & Barroso, J., Handbook for Synthesizing Qualitative Research, (New York: Springer, 2007)
Silverman, D., Qualitative Research, (London: Sage, 1993)
VandeCreek, L., H. Bender & M. R. Jordan, Research in Pastoral Care and Counselling, reprint, (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008)
Van der Ven, J., Ecclesiology in Context, (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans 1996)
Wiersma, W. & Jurs, S. B., Research Methods in Education: An Introduction, (Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2009)
Whitehead, J.D. & E., Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry, Revised Ed., (Wisconsin: Sheed and Ward 1999)
Wilson, J. F. & T. P. Slaven, Research Guide to Religious Studies (Chicago: American Library Association, 1982)
Woodbridge, J. D. & T. E. McComiskey (eds), Doing Theology in Today's World (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991)
Young, C. (ed.), The Accommodation of Cultural Diversity: Case Studies (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1999).
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