Course Description

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the role of research in developmental and educational studies.  Topics covered include an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of popular research designs used in education and in applied studies of Child Development, the use of statistics in developmental and educational research, and how to critically review research literature, including scientific journal articles.

Course Outline

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate basic research methods, statistics, and outcomes that apply to clinical practice and program review
  • Critically appraise empirical articles in order to assess and implement best practices
  • Formulate research-related activities including developing research questions to analyzing data and disseminating empirical findings




Certification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE Child Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Individuals seeking certification must meet specific academic and clinical experience requirements in addition to passing the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. While courses in this certificate program count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in Child Life certification. For more information about certification, visit https://www.childlife.org/certification.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Mar 30, 2021 to Jun 11, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $600.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Reading List / Textbook
Section Notes

Required textbook:

Title: Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices
Author: Anol Bhattacherjee
Year: 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1475146127

The free text can be found here: https://scholarcommons.usf.edu/oa_textbooks/3/
A paper copy can be purchased on Amazon ($10): https://www.amazon.com/dp/1475146124/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HPAJ3B41M37CQHE6HWEB

No refunds after 04/12/2021

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