The Academy of Educators in collaboration with the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) is offering a 8 week certificate program for all educators (faculty, fellows, education researchers and scholars, education research assistants) in the Washington University School of Medicine who would like to develop their skills for education research and scholarship.

The program will equip educators to plan and education research/scholarship project and write a full proposal that can be used to implement the project, apply to the IRB for approval to do research with human participants, and/or apply for an education grant. Skills will be introduced for designing an education scholarship project, writing a protocol, reviewing the literature, writing research questions and project objectives, and using education theory to develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks.

The program will also provide an introduction to methods in curriculum development and evaluation, qualitative research, survey development, and statistical methods in education. Each participating scholar will focus on the methods needed to fully develop a protocol for an education research or scholarship project of interest to them.

Program Structure:
The sessions of the program will address the following:

  1. Introduction to types of scholarship
    • Criteria for scholarship
    • Discover, application, teaching, integration, engagement
  2. Writing a proposal/ protocol for education scholarship
    • Creating a vision for an education study (“Once upon a time… And then I wondered…)
    • Writing a research question/developing project objectives
    • Introduction to the IRB
  3. Building a strong foundation
    • Reviewing the literature
    • Using education theory to develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks
  4. Introduction to curriculum design and evaluation (logic models, Miller’s Triangle, Kirkpatrick’s levels of evaluation)
  5. Introduction to qualitative research
  6. Introduction to statistical methods in education
  7. Introduction to surveys
  8. Final presentations of study proposals/protocols

Director: Jan Hanson

Submission Deadline: October 10, 2022

Eligibility: All educators (faculty, fellows, education researchers and scholars, education research assistants) in the Washington University School of Medicine.

Program Term: October – December 2022

Questions: Contact janicehanson@wustl.edu