Introduction to Education Research


2024 Workshop Overview

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation is pleased to offer Introduction to Educational Research (IER): a multi-half-day workshop for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdocs at Johns Hopkins and beyond. The workshop introduces education research with a focus on higher education in a hands-on and engaging way. Learn and apply qualitative (e.g., observations, interviews, etc.) and quantitative (e.g., surveys, etc.) methods in a supportive environment with other curious and passionate peers. Values promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice in the classroom will be fully integrated into the workshop. As an added bonus, participants can bring their ideas for an optional 30-minute one-on-one consultation meeting with CTEI's Senior Education Research Consultant, Dr. Melo-Jean Yap.

This is a great hands-on opportunity for new and experienced faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students interested in learning about education research in an engaging way. The workshop is open to all Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students from any discipline. External university colleagues (from beyond Hopkins) are also welcome to attend.

Please note: This workshop is not for academic credit. Participants will earn a Certificate of Completion.

Hybrid: Limited capacity at 20 in-person participants max. Virtual participants unlimited.

Register here:



  • Dates: June 3 - 6th, 2024
    • June 3rd, Monday
      • 9:15 am - 12:15 pm | Introduction
        • Education Research; Ethics; Researcher Positionality
        • Guest Speaker: Kelleen Maluski [Trauma-informed care expert]
    • June 4th, Tuesday:
      • 9:15 am - 12:15 pm | Qualitative Research
      • 1:15 - 4:15 pm | Hands-on: Interviews & Observations + Analysis
    • June 5th, Wednesday:
      • 9:15 am - 12:15 pm | Quantitative Research
      • Guest Speaker: Deana Jaber [Professor of Chemistry]
      • 1:15 - 4:15 pm | Hands-on: Surveys + Analysis
    • June 6th, Thursday:
      • 9:15 am - 12:15 pm | Wrap-up
      • Mixed Methods Research; Library Resources
      • Guest Speaker: Joanne Helouvry [JHU Sheridan Librarian]
  • Location: Hybrid option: In-person will be at Johns Hopkins University - Homewood Campus (Garrett Room @ Milton S. Eisenhower Library) and live synchronous option via Zoom.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe research approaches in education.
  • Summarize best practices in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.
  • Reflect on one's identities and background, and how they inform one's researcher positionality.
  • Discuss ethical and inclusive strategies for engaging with diverse stakeholders.
  • Perform hands-on activities for designing, collecting, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Develop a working purpose statement for research study of interest.

Daily Learning Goals

Day 1 - Overview: June 3rd, Monday

  • Explain the value and potential of education research in elevating praxis and advancing scholarship.
  • Describe various research approaches and the interconnected framework between research paradigms, design, and methods.
  • Reflect on one's positionality that informs your role as an education researcher.
  • Discuss ethical and inclusive strategies for engaging with diverse stakeholders.

Day 2 - Qualitative Research: June 4th, Tuesday

  • Define qualitative research and its common types of research design.
  • Summarize best practices for using qualitative methods such as interviewing and conducting field observations.
  • Perform hands-on activities to practice interviewing and field observations in real-time.
  • Manage and integrate qualitative data, including preparing analytic memos, for data triangulation.
  • Analyze data using qualitative coding analysis and creating vignettes.

Day 3: Quantitative Research: June 5th, Wednesday

  • Summarize quantitative research methods and design in education.
  • Compare and contrast descriptive and inferential types of questions in quantitative research.
  • Describe best practices for survey research design.
  • Critique survey questions based on sound practices for designing appropriate questions.
  • Analyze quantitative data using open-source coding software such as R or Python.
  • Develop a working purpose statement for research study of interest.

Day 4: Wrap up: June 6th, Thursday

  • Describe mixed methods research in education.
  • Develop a working purpose statement for research study of interest.
  • Identify library resources for exploring education research literature.


  • Workshop fee: $400
  • FOR JHU faculty/staff
    • Full-time, benefits-eligible JHU employees may submit for 100% tuition remission. There is no cap to this benefit, and it does not deduct from the annual $ 5,250 allotment for credit courses. You are eligible for tuition remission once you have completed 120 days of full-time employment as long as you are JHU faculty or staff and continue in a full-time position.
    • Yvonne Moore-Jones from CTEI will reach out to you directly to secure payment. Payment or tuition remission form must be received to secure your seat in the workshop.
    • To accommodate those wait-listed for this workshop, failure to submit payment or a signed tuition remission form will result in the cancellation of your registration.
    • Here is the form for JHU faculty/staff tuition remission:
  • FOR JHU graduate students and part-time faculty
    • JHU graduate students and part-time faculty may be eligible for a scholarship to waive the fee. To apply for the scholarship, contact Dr. Melo-Jean Yap at [email protected].
  • FOR External University guests (outside JHU)
    • Interested guests from other universities and organizations should contact Dr. Melo-Jean Yap at [email protected] to inquire about workshop availability. After you fill out the interest form and application, CTEI will email an invoice. Official registration will be complete upon receipt of payment for fees.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of Education Research
  • Research Paradigms
  • Researcher Positionality
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging in Higher Education
  • Education Research Library Resources
  • Qualitative Methods (Observations, Interviews, etc.)
  • Quantitative Methods (Surveys, etc.)
  • Mixed Methods Approaches

Program Facilitators

All sessions will be facilitated and led by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. 

  • Melo-Jean Yap, Ph.D., Senior Education Research Consultant, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

  • Guest speakers include:

    • Joanne Helouvry, MLIS, CASE, JHU Librarian for Cognitive Science, School of Education, Neuroscience & Psychological & Brain Sciences

    • Kelleen Maluski, MLIS, CASE, Trauma-informed care expert

    • Deana Jaber, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry

Registration for JHU 

Fill out this interest form and check "Introduction to Education Research" workshop. Doing so will then take you to the application form to register for this event:




Contact Dr. Melo-Jean Yap, Senior Education Research Consultant, [email protected]