Course Description

Course Name

Research Methods in Child and Family Studies

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This is an introductory course of research methods in child and family studies. Topics include framework of research, research designs, various methods to collect data and basic data analysis techniques. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills needed to understand and report research findings and to write an undergraduate honors thesis.
In the course students will 1) gain an understanding of general research concepts and various designs, 2) learn skills related to writing research reports and an honors thesis, 3) learn skills related to organize and describe data with computer software program, and 4) develop skills for effective collaboration.
Primary textbooks:
Stangor, C. (2011). Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences. 4th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
Salkind, N. J. (2012). Statistics for people who (think they) hate statistics ? the Excel edition. 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Recommended texts:
Smith, R., & Davis, S. (2009). The psychologist as detective: an introduction to conducting research in psychology. 5th edition. Prentice Hall. (See the uploaded PDF file at EKU for Chapter 4 & 10)

*Course content subject to change