Degrees & Programs

Inquiry Methodology

The domain of education is comprised of complex sets of social activities, coordinated both locally and globally. The complexity continues to increase. Understanding educational phenomena demands a commitment to inquiry. Such inquiry might involve examining large-scale data on multinational exams, or investigating how it is we can know when our findings are significant to warrant changes in education practices, or taking a close look at teacher and student relationships. There are a myriad of phenomena one could be interested in. In our program, we take students inside and underneath those interests to explore the basic theoretical, methodological, ethical, and practical principles involved in conducting social science research in education. You will be able to contribute to the advancement of methodological theory and practice so that research endeavors in education might profit. Apply online today!

Programs Offered:

Our program is unique in that it enables students to focus on quantitative research, qualitative research, or an integrated program of study. Our flexible curriculum enables you to delve deeply into your chosen area of interest, from statistical modeling to ethnography, from discourse and narrative analysis to psychometrics and assessment. Yet our program is rigorous enough to ensure that all graduates are able to meaningfully contribute to the study of social and behavioral research. It is a unique opportunity to focus on methodology through theory and practice that cuts across a divide in qualitative and quantitative methods. We are dedicated to advancing the understanding of social inquiry, especially with respect to the field of education, and we imagine these possibilities to be necessarily inclusive of methods typically disenfranchised from one another.

Our Faculty

The Inquiry Methodology faculty consists of quantitative and qualitative methodologists with a historical involvement in the professional organizations that define our field, including the Division of of Evaluation, Management, and Statistics of the American Psychological Association; the American Statistical Association; the Psychometric Society, the Division of Measurement and Research Methodology of the American Education Research Association; the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Anthropological Association, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the Oxford Education and Ethnography group, and the Qualitative Inquiry Interest Group.



  • David Flinders, Professor of Curriculum Studies
  • Robert Gonyea, Associate Director
  • Bradley Levinson, Professor of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Latino Studies
  • Mary Ziskin, Senior Associate Director, Project on Academic Success



The demand for qualified research methodologists is at the highest it has been in a long time. Faculty positions in this area go unfilled because of the very small pool of candidates nationwide and the fierce competition between institutions to recruit the best candidates.

Graduates from the Inquiry Methodology program are employed as faculty members in higher education offering research methodology courses and researching methodological issues,as consultants to educational researchers, and as research specialist in research centers and laboratories, testing organizations, and state education agency.


For more detailed program information, please contact:

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone: (812) 856-8300