One of the most important aspects of the "Research in Romania" program is the academic experience. Students attend classes in the evenings to learn about empirical research methods, and they spend most weekdays applying that new knowledge in school settings. These school settings range from early childhood through university. Students have first hand experience designing and implementing data collection protocols, as well as analyzing and interpreting the data they collect in the field. Students have opportunities to invite participants into research studies using approved human research protection protocols, administer surveys, and conduct in-depth interviews with participants.
Participating students usually enroll in EDRS 700 - Introduction to Educational Research, and EDRS 752 - Qualitative Research in Education. EDRS 700 is required of all graduate students in the College of Education. EDRS 752 is required of all doctoral students in the College. More advanced students have other course options.
Students will work on a variety of research projects. Some of these projects are developed by Dr. Ives and Dr. Obenchain. Other projects involve collecting data for other UNR faculty members. In addition, students may develop their own research projects in advance. For example, Research in Romania students have collected data for undergraduate honors theses as well as graduate applied projects, theses and dissertations. Several students have participating in the Research in Romania program more than once.
After completing the program, additional scholarly opportunities are optional and may include:
- Continued involvement in research projects after course completion through data interpretation, manuscript preparation, and publication.
- Collaboration with graduate advisors and other faculty on specific research projects of their own designs