SPk132 Single-subject research for Bachelor Thesis

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/1. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Martina Nosková (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, Ph.D., M.Sc. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Lucie Jarkovská, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Bc. Barbora Pavlíčková (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Karel Pančocha, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Department of Special and Inclusive Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: PhDr. Lenka Gajzlerová, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Institute for Research in Inclusive Education – Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
SPk132/01: Sat 23. 9. 14:00–17:50 učebna 32, Fri 13. 10. 8:00–11:50 učebna 36, Sat 2. 12. 8:00–11:50 učebna 36, L. Jarkovská
Prerequisites (in Czech)
SPk126 Research Methods in Special Education 1 && SP_BPp Bachelor Thesis - Project || IV_BPp Bachelor Thesis - Project && SOUHLAS
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce the most commonly used research strategies in special education, focusing on research of one or small number of research subjects and its use in bachelor thesis. Due to the inter-individual differences between subjects commonly associated with heterogeneity and/or small number of available research subjects, special education research often uses qualitative, mixed or quantitative strategies with small number of informants, respondents or research subjects. The course will introduce the basic requirements for conducting case studies, action research and within subject experiments with a small number or one research subject.
Learning outcomes
Students will understand the possibilities of single or small sample research strategies. They will be able to explain advantages and disadvantages of small N research studies. They will be able to choose suitable research stratégy and prepare a bachelor thesis research project using selected small N research strategies.
  • 1. Research with small number of subjects or with one subject (N1) – possibilities and limits of use 2. Using N1 research strategies in qualitative research studies 3. Using N1 research strategies in quantitative research studies 4. Using N1 mixed methods research studies 5. Case studies – project preparation, selection of human subjects, phenomena or institutions; data collection; 6. Case studies – data analysis; interpetation of results; possibilities of generalization; writing down and publishing case study results. 7. Action research with small N 8. Experiments with small N – within subject experimental design 9. Validity and reliability in withinsubject designs 10. Within subject designs used in special education
    required literature
  • HENDL, Jan and Jiří REMR. Metody výzkumu a evaluace. Vydání první. Praha: Portál, 2017, 372 stran. ISBN 9788026211921. info
  • Úvod do metodologie psychologického výzkumu : jak zkoumat lidskou duši. Translated by Petr Bakalář, Illustrated by Ján Ferjenčík. Vyd. 2. Praha: Portál, 2010, 255 s. ISBN 9788073678159. URL info
    recommended literature
  • YIN, Robert K. Case study research and applications: Design and methods. SAGE Publications, 2017.
  • ODOM, Samuel L., et al. Research in special education: Scientific methods and evidence-based practices. Exceptional children, 2005, 71.2: 137-148.
  • MERTENS, Donna M. and John A. MCLAUGHLIN. Research and evaluation methods in special education. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, 2004, xiv, 275. ISBN 0761946535. info
Teaching methods
Seminar, practical application of small N research
Assessment methods
Research project with one research subject
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught last offered.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 12 hodin.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022.
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