Course Memo

Research Methods I: Action Research and Evidenced-Based Research Methods. This course will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in informing their understanding of their environment (religious tradition, work, social, local, global). After reading about and discussing different approaches to research and examining research studies, we will engage a research project. Requisite: 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and/or Chaplain Board Certification. Eligible students may apply directly to SFTS, Advanced Pastoral Studies. Pass/Fail only. [Faculty Consent required; Auditors excluded]