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Stephen Buxbaum and Lester Krupp
|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||8||08||Weekend||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||The communities of Grays Harbor will be our learning laboratory for our investigation into what makes communities work. We will use a multidisciplinary approach in the examination of how these communities evolved and the role that local schools and educational institutions played as the region grew and developed.This year-long program will help students develop the skills needed to assess their communities, capture their observations, and articulate them in a useful form. Students will work to improve critical thinking, research methods, analytical reading and writing, and understanding across differences of socio-economic class, race and ethnicity. This program will support students pursuing advanced degrees or careers in the field of education, government and non-profit service organizations.Students will work in teams as they learn research skills, participate in field activities, and keep a record of their progress through a variety of assignments, such as mapping, journaling, oral histories, and data analysis. One of the primary objectives of this program will be to give back to the communities we are studying by adding to historical internet archives and creating photo journals, stories, poems and published articles.Our contextual focus will be the formation of communities in the “Harbor” – generally speaking the geographic region that is connected to the communities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis and Hoquiam. Special emphasis will be given to the evolution of the region’s public school system and to current educational issues from policy to classroom practice.Our examination of the history of the region will seek out answers to how past events inform the current issues in education and community development policy that the Grays Harbor region is facing now and in the future. Students will learn how to work with primary source material and conduct research as a means of learning skills that are transferable to a broad range of social science disciplines.||Stephen Buxbaum Lester Krupp||Sat||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|
|Course||JR–SRJunior–Senior||4||04||Evening||F 15 Fall||What is social scientific methodology? Why do we need it? What do we really mean by research? What is the difference between scientific research and common sense? Can we really be objective in our research? What is the role of subjective judgment in research? Is experimenting on human being ethical? What data can and cannot tell you? How to tell good research from bad research? Which approach is better, qualitative or quantitative, in what situations? What are the major methods for social scientific research?In this introductory research methodology course, we will look into the rationale of social scientific research, study the major methods in social sciences, and their pro and cons. We will learn to ask meaningful questions, practice research design, understand and evaluate research papers and last but not least, get our feet wet in the actual research practices. Throughout the quarter, we will explore topics such as how various factors promote the health of the community, the role of education in social mobility and other topics relevant to our current changing society.Students will learn through lectures, readings, workshops, individual and group projects.||Wenhong Wang||Wed||Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall|
|Course||JR–SRJunior–Senior||4||04||Evening||W 16Winter||In this world of information explosion, we are constantly bombarded by numbers. How do you make sense of those numbers? How can you tell which are used correctly and which are not? How can we use statistical tools to inform, to explore and to empower? What are the larger frameworks behind those numbers? How do we use quantitative reasoning to enhance our understanding of the society and make changes? This class will put statistics into context. We will cover basic statistical concepts and processes used in social sciences including descriptive and inferential statistics. Focus will be placed on real life scenarios and sense making practices. Besides workshops, students will conduct a research project and practice statistical analysis. This course meets the statistics prerequisite requirements of the Master In Teaching (MiT), and the Master of Public Administration (MPA).||Wenhong Wang||Wed||Junior JR Senior SR||Winter||Winter|