This course is designed to provide a foundation in basic educational research methods. Issues in research design, basic statistics, qualitative interviewing, and systematic evaluation is stressed. The course also covers basic issues in assessment, including fundamental concerns of reliability and validity, the development of norm-referenced tests, teacher-made objective tests, as well as performance and portfolio assessment. Assessment issues are directly related to research design issues. This is an introductory research class, and it assumes no prior knowledge of quantitative or experimental techniques.