Title

Teaching Research Methods: Learning by Doing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2009

Abstract

© 2009, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This paper outlines ways to structure a research-methods class so that students gain a practical knowledge of how research is done. Emphasis is placed on data collection, using statistical software, and writing up results. Included in this article are several assignments and exercises that, when combined, work to produce a scholarly empirical report. Students gain an appreciation of the fruits and frustrations involved in the research process, and learn to be more critical consumers of research projects.

DOI

10.1080/15236803.2009.12001557

Publication Title

Journal of Public Affairs Education

First Page

251

Last Page

260

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