Course code Peda6026

Credit points 2

Methodology of Scientific Research I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation20.04.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developers


Anita Vecgrāve

Dr. psych.


Ludis Pēks

Dr. paed.


Anita Aizsila

Dr. paed.

Course abstract

The course comprises knowledge, skills and reflection abilities (considering ethics of research and philosophical aspects) on: ecological approach in pedagogical investigations; theory of measuring; valuation of validity; criteria of choice, and choice of methods of data processing; usage of IT; data processing techniques and presentation of results.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: on types of theoretical and empirical investigations, their planning and ethics, cooperation with psychologists, ascertaining of information necessary for the investigations. Skills: to plan the investigation, choose and evaluate information necessary for investigations and processing methods ethically, to implement adaptation and approbations of the methods. Competence: to carry out the investigation in cooperation with psychologists taking a responsibility of its ethics.

Compulsory reading

1. Geske A., Grīnfelds A. Izglītības pētniecība. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 261 lpp.
2. Kroplijs A., Raščevska M. Kvalitatīvās pētniecības metodes sociālajās zinātnēs. Rīga: RaKa, 2004. 178 lpp.
3. Raščevska M. Psiholoģisko testu un aptauju konstruēšana un adaptācija. Rīga: RaKa, 2005. 281
4. Cohen, L., Manion, L., Morrison, K. Research Methods in Education. London; New York: Routledge, 2007, 638 p.

Further reading

1. Katane I., Pēks L. Izglītības ekoloģija: starpdisciplinārs virziens izglītības pētniecībā. Sērija Izglītības ekoloģija. Jelgava: LLU, IMI, 2006. 55 lpp.
2. Briede B., Pēks L. Ekoloģiskā pieeja izglītībā. Sērija Izglītības ekoloģija. Jelgava: LLU, IMI, 2011. 160 lpp.
3. Creswell J.W. Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications, 2008. 670. p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. American Psychological Association. Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format. (Updated to 5th Edition). Purdue University Online Writing Lab. 2010. Available:
2. Higher Education.The International Journal of Higher Education Research. Print ISSN: 0018-1560. Online ISSN: 1573-174X