Knowledge of statistics, research methods and SPSS at the level of the Leiden Bachelor’s Programme Education and Child Studies.
The course aims to get students acquainted with the practice of empirical research on the level required for their Research Master’s thesis. Scientific papers are examined in detail regarding their organisation and research methods. Attention will be paid to both the methodological design and the statistical analysis of results. The course offers tools for assessing the quality of published research results as well as for producing one’s own research report.
At the end of this course, the student:
is competent in methodological and technical research skills that are current in Education and Child Studies
is able to design and conduct research in one of the specialisations of the Masters’ programme;
can report in writing (in English or Dutch) on human development in an academic professional context;
is able to critically evaluate aspects of study design and methodology in empirical research;
can analyse and evaluate scientific literature critically to establish its practical or theoretical relevance;
can formulate a consistent line of reasoning, based on scientific arguments;
is conscious of ethical considerations involved in performing and describing scientific research.
For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable
Mode of instruction
Five tutorial sessions (attendance obligatory)
Seven computer lab sessions (attendance obligatory)
Materials as well as instruction will be in English.
Grades are based on a final research paper (written in English or Dutch), under the condition that all other obligatory assignments have been successfully completed. The grades for this paper are rounded to halves.
During this course Brightspace will be used. The Brightspace site will contain announcements, course documents, information on tutorials and computer labs, lecture notes and discussion boards.
A detailed Student Manual will be available in August. Additional materials will be available on the Brightspace site of the course.
NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis.
You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)
By registering for a course you are also automatically registered for the Brightspace module and for the first sit of the exam of that course. Anyone who is not registered for a course therefore does not have access to the Brightspace module and cannot participate in the first sit of the exam of that course.
Also read the complete registration procedure
The exam of this course is a written report. Hence, you do not have to register for an exam in uSis.
First check the Student Manual, then the Brightspace module and only after failure to find what you want to know, contact the staff of the course;
For enrolment and organisational issues please e-mail the course coördinator;
For specific issues with respect to tutorials, computer labs, end paper, and absence please contact your workgroup instructor;
Please pose general questions regarding the end paper on the general Brightspace discussion board;
Please pose specific questions related to the subject of your tutorial group on the Group discussion board.