Practice-Led Research Methods (DPT)

MS 5P1130

Fall 2024
Mon 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Practice Led Research (PLR) is at the heart of the Doctor of Practical Theology (DPT) degree. This course will introduce the practice led method by addressing the theoretical, conceptual and practical skills needed to engage in graduate level practice led research. The course will explore the theoretical foundations of PLR, examine a range of practice led research methodologies, provide an orientation to foundational graduate level research skills and ultimately aid students in the initial development of their dissertation topic.

Knowing

  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate a basic overview of the practice – led research method.
  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to describe the fundamentals of a number of different practice focused research methods that can be used in practice – led research.
  • Upon completion of this course students will know how to develop a DPT dissertation proposal.

Being

  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate the relationship between their work as a practitioner and their work as a researcher.
  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate the relationship between their ministry practice, their academic research and their personal formation.

Doing

  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify data that they need for the dissertation project and some possible approaches they can use to get that data.
  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to identify the ministry practice they are studying in order to determine the direction and nature of their research.