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HOD-802 Foundations of Inquiry

4 semester credits
This course introduces multiple approaches to conduct scholar-practitioner inquiry. The student investigates alternate ways of knowing, the nature of knowledge, and the politics of knowledge-production including their respective underlying assumptions. Students learn the broad distinctions between qualitative and quantitative and among empirical, analytical, and interpretive approaches to inquiry alongside their various practice and action traditions. Students consider the relationship among inquiry, practice/action, and the levels of professional practice-personal and interpersonal, familial, group and organization, community, societal, and global. Students engage in questions such as: What is the nature of the relationship between the person(s) leading the inquiry and other participants? What are the epistemological assumptions about what constitutes knowledge and how it is validated and legitimized?  What ways of knowing and methods of inquiry are most suitable for the phenomenon under investigation and ultimately to benefit the persons, organizations, and communities being served?
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Credit/No Credit Only
Learning Objective(s):
  • Understand purposes, politics, and ethics of scholar-practitioner inquiry
  • Explore quantitative, qualitative, and action methodologies, their histories, assumptions, values, and epistemological foundations.
  • Identify the basic methods used to collect and analyze data, their strengths, limitations, and suitability to particular research questions.
  • Critically analyze research studies to assess their quality and credibility.



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