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This course will develop advanced degree candidates' understanding and ability to critically examine current literacy research through work with (1) scientific methods of quantitative and qualitative research (2) discussion of historical trends in literacy research, (3) designs, methods, and tools of research, and (4) reviewing and critically examining current research studies in literacy. These examinations will be conducted from the perspectives of knowledge about literacy processes, classroom practice, and influence of previous research results. Teacher candidates will apply these issues in an action research project they design.