SEED 599: Thesis (1 units)
Requires writing a literature review and conducting an original research project involving surveys and/or interviews. The final thesis will be bound, and copies will be kept in the education library, university library, and university archives. A copy will also be submitted to the ERIC database for consideration for electronic publication and made broadly available for public reference.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Demonstrated professional research skills through the appropriate design and procedure of a study
- Completed a research protocol for the Protection of Human Rights in Research committee for conducting original research
- Presented a professionally written, APA thesis that includes an introduction/literature review, methods, results, and conclusions/implications sections
- Demonstrated an understanding of Scripture by integrating Christian thought within the context of a research project
Conducted online over 16 weeks in alignment with Biola University’s 2013 Fall semester.
- American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001.
- Drew, C.J., M. Hardman, and John Hosp. Designing and Conducting Research in Education. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 2008.
Galvan, J. L. Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 5th ed. Los Angeles: Pyrczak, 2012. ISBN: 9781936523030
- Harris, Robert A. Using Sources Effectively: Strengthening Your Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism. 3rd ed. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781884585937
- Perrin, R. Pocket Guide to APA Style. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
- Pyrczak, F. Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation: Professors Share Their Techniques and Strategies. Los Angeles: Pyrczak, 2000.
- 5-6 page reflection paper
- Portfolio of key assignments
- Completed thesis
SEED 501, 502, 503, 504, 524, 596, and TTBE 732
Relation to Curriculum
Thesis capstone option in the M.A. in Education program that may be taken instead of the Comprehensive Examination (SEED 595) or the Research Project (SEED 598); a minimum grade of “B” is required for the Master’s degree; may take up to three terms to complete