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What you will learn

  • Assess whether a hypothesis is good based on its characteristics

  • Make use of best practices for research data collection

  • Utilize inferential statistics for data analysis

  • Describe the basics of research methodologies and design

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Beginner Level
Approx. 24 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

6 hours to complete

Planning for Research

6 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 67 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Angela Duckworth: Overview of Character3m
1.2 Hypothesis and Theories10m
Practitioner Interviews (1.2) Paddy Steinfort, Andrew Soren, David Meketon13m
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Character10m
1.3_Stages of the Research Process7m
Practitioner Interviews (1.3) Andrew Soren3m
Angela Duckworth: Theory of Grit7m
1.4_Validity4m
4 readings
True Grit: Trait-Level Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals Predicts Effectiveness and Retention Among Novice Teachers1h
Overview of the Research Process20m
Module Overview10m
Internal and External Validity: General Issues15m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 130m
Week
2

Week 2

7 hours to complete

Collecting Data

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 77 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Practitioner Interviews (2.1) David Meketon4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.1- Self-Discipline Study6m
Angela Duckworth: 2.1 All Measures are Imperfect1m
2.2 Quantitative Methods12m
Practitioner Interview (2.2) Paddy Steinfort4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Self-Control Measures19m
Angela Duckworth: 2.2 Grit Measures2m
2.3 Qualitative Methods6m
Practitioner Interview (2.3) Andrew Soren4m
Angela Duckworth: 2.3 Qualitative Coding4m
7 readings
Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents25m
Module 2 Validity Overview10m
Grit Scale15m
BioData Measure of Grit10m
Self-Control Scale20m
Development and Validation of the Short Grit Scale (Grit – S)1h 30m
An Overview of Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection Methods20m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

6 hours to complete

Analyzing Data

6 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 61 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Angela Duckworth: 3.1 WOOP7m
Practitioner Interview (3.1) David Meketon5m
3.2 Descriptive Analysis9m
Practitioner Interview (3.2) Andrew Soren2m
Angela Duckworth: 3.2 Purpose & Grit5m
Inferential Statistics13m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Correlation1m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Effect Size1m
Angela Duckworth: 3.3 Growth Mindset1m
Practitioner Interview (3.3) Paddy Steinfort4m
5 readings
Lesson 1 Overview10m
Research Methods Knowledge Base: Analysis20m
Research Methods Knowledge Base: Descriptive Statistics25m
Research Methods Knowledge Database: Inferential Statistics15m
Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals25m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Using Research to Inform Your Work and the World Around You

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 62 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Angela Duckworth: 4.1 Deliberate Practice6m
Practitioner Interview: Andrew Soren and Paddy Steinfort8m
4.2_ The Anatomy of a Research Article10m
Angela Duckworth: 4.2 Grit and Other People5m
4.3_A Review of Validity8m
Angela Duckworth: 4.3 Grit & Parenting3m
Research: Angela Duckworth: Consequential Validity4m
Practitioner Interview: (4.3) Andrew Soren2m
5 readings
Becoming an Educated Consumer of Research: A Quick Look at the Basics of Research Methodologies and Design25m
How to Read a Research Study Article10m
Eavesdropping on Happiness30m
Grit20m
Participate in the World Well-Being Project (optional)20m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 430m

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