Enrique G. Murillo, Jr., Ph.D.

College of Education


Guidelines for Theses / Scholarly Projects

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Murillo Method: A Guide

(Introduction)   (Part I)   (Part II)   (Part III)


Adequacy of a Dissertation: A Guide


COE Guide for Masters Theses and Projects


Purchase the COE Guide at the Coyote Bookstore

COE Resource Book (2005)


Click here to read a cynical folk story told among the tribe of professors,

about choosing well your faculty advisor / and other readers


John M. Pfau Databases

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General Masters in Education info (campuses across US and online)



Useful Educational Research Internet Sites


Interpreting and Summarizing Published Research 

Writing a Literature Review in the Health Sciences and Social Work


Online Writing Lab


Online Writing Lab--Paraphrase: Write It in Your Own Words


Online Writing Lab--Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing


Online Writing Lab--Avoiding Plagiarism


International Journal of Innovations in Higher Education Style Guide


Analyzing Research Data, Presenting Findings

and Preparing a Research Report

What is a Survey?


 Statistical Analysis


Statistical Analysis


Statistical Analysis / Correlation


Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications


Introductory Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications: Bibliography & Web Resources


APA-Style Helper 3.0



Ethnographic, Descriptive and Historical Research Designs 

An Introduction to Qualitative Research


Qualitative Research


Qualitative Research Methods on the Internet


Qualitative Solutions and Research Home Page


Research Proposal Evaluation Form: Qualitative Methodology



Office of CSUSB Graduate Studies 


CSUSB Institutional Review Board

(protection of human subjects in research)

Other Useful Sites on Ethics and Research

Bowling Green State University Office of Sponsored Programs and Research


University of Minnesota, Office of the Institutional Review Board


Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)



Financial Support for CSUSB Graduate Students


A Few of the Professional Organizations

and Journals in the Field of Education


The American Educational Research Association is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA is the most prominent international professional organization with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application.



The American Educational Studies Association (AESA) was established in 1968 as an international learned society for students, teachers, research scholars, and administrators who are interested in the foundations of education. AESA is a society primarily comprised of college and university professors who teach and research in the field of education utilizing one or more of the liberal arts disciplines of philosophy, history, politics, sociology, anthropology, or economics as well as comparative/international studies. As with all members of academe, keeping current with research publications in one's discipline is on ongoing responsibility of critical importance to the members of AESA. 

The role of AESA is to provide a cross-disciplinary forum wherein scholars might gather to exchange and debate ideas generated from the above mentioned areas. This cross-disciplinary commitment of the organization creates a landscape for the discussion of broader policy issues such as minority studies, gender studies, multicultural education, democracy, and issues of educational equality and equity. Our membership is dedicated to examining issues in education from a plurality of academic viewpoints and perspectives.


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 13,000 professional school counselors around the globe.



The Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (founded in 1981) is an international, educational and professional not-for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge, theory, and quality of learning and teaching at all levels with information technology.

This purpose of AACE is accomplished through the encouragement of scholarly inquiry related to information technology in education and the dissemination of research results and their applications.


The Association for the Education of Teachers of Science

AETS serves educators involved in the professional development of teachers of science, including science teacher educators, staff developers, college-level science instructors, education policy makers, instructional material developers, science supervisors/specialists/ coordinators, lead/mentor teachers, and all others interested in promoting the development of teachers of science.


Founded in 1943, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents 160,000 educators from more than 135 countries and 66 affiliates. Our members span the entire profession of educators—superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

As our name reflects, ASCD was initially envisioned to represent curriculum and supervision issues. Over the years, our focus has changed. We now address all aspects of effective teaching and learning—such as professional development, educational leadership, and capacity building.

ASCD offers broad, multiple perspectives—across all education professions—in reporting key policies and practices. Because we represent all educators, we are able to focus solely on professional practice within the context of "Is it good for the children?" rather than what is reflective of a specific educator role. In short, ASCD reflects the conscience and content of education. Educational Leadership is one of its major journals.



California Association for Counseling and Development Journal

The California Association for Counseling and Development (CACD) is the leading force for the advancement of excellence in the counseling and development of people across the lifespan and across the community. CACD is the association which provides professional identity and leadership through an organized program of professional development, Program advocacy, and an effective presence in the legislature.


The Career Development Quarterly is the journal of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) (http://www.ncda.org), a member association of the American Counseling Association (http://www.counseling.org).

The Quarterly includes articles on research, theory, and practice in career development, career counseling, occupational resources, labor market dynamics, and career education. It is concerned with fostering career development through the design and use of career interventions in educational institutions, community and government agencies, and business and industry settings. 


The Educational Counseling Graduate Student Association is a culturally diverse student organization that embraces all educational counseling students.  Each year ECGSA takes a leap forward in bringing events, services, and other opportunities to members, as well as the general public.



The International Correctional Education Association was established in 1930 by Austin MacCormick, CEA is the main professional association for correctional educators. Despite its name, this is more of an American organization than the international one. California is in Region VII - which includes parts of our Southwest and all of Mexico. Dr. Eggleston serves on the Executive Board as Vice President and is the publisher and editor of the Journal of Correctional Education. Dr. Gehring is the CEA historian.


The International Journal of Innovations in Higher Education: At the beginning of the 21st century there is a renewed interest in improving the quality of teaching and learning in colleges and universities. There is also a growing recognition that many of the procedures, techniques, and strategies that have developed in one area of higher education are applicable in others as well. The International Journal of Innovation in Higher Education is a refereed journal that publishes papers on all aspects of innovation in higher education, from articles on specific strategies to papers on policy and staff development issues.



The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.



The International Society for Technology in Education is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We are dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K–12 education and teacher education. We provide our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of incorporating computers, the Internet, and other new technologies into their schools.



ITeachnet is about collegiality via the Internet, especially the World Wide Web. Its primary constituency is those working or interested in international education. Therefore, we are a members' organization. We offer services and products, but they come with memberships; our customers are therefore participants more than mere recipients of goods and services. They collaborate, communicate, suggest, complain and even vote.



The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL) is the only peer-reviewed literacy journal published exclusively for teachers of adolescents and adult learners. With each issue, JAAL gives you the practical solutions you need to overcome your toughest classroom challenges. Newly refocused and revitalized, JAAL offers authoritative, classroom-tested advice grounded in sound research and theory.



Journal of Career Development provides the professional, the public, and policymakers with the latest in career development theory, research, and practice, while focusing on the impact of theory and research on practice. Among the topics covered are career education, adult career development, career development of special needs populations, and career and leisure. The journal provides up-to-date coverage of contemporary issues and identifies trends impacting the future of the world.



Journal of Latinos and Education (JLE)

Dr. Enrique Murillo, editor

JLE provides a cross-, multi-, and interdisciplinary forum for scholars and writers from diverse disciplines who share a common interest in the analysis, discussion, critique, and dissemination of educational issues that impact Latinos. There are four broad arenas which encompass most issues of relevance: (1) Policy, (2) Research, (3) Practice, and (4) Creative & Literary works.


The Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) is the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).
JRST seeks to publish the highest quality articles on issues of science teaching and learning, as well as in the broader context of science education policy. The manuscripts published in JRST are judged to be acceptable by the Editorial Team with the assistance of the Editorial Board.
The target population of JRST is science education researchers and practitioners. JRST has a circulation of approximately 2,500. JRST has been ranked as one of the highest educational journals according to studies published by Ward,
Holland, and Schramm (American Educational Research Journal) and Guba and Clark (Educational Researcher) for the American Educational Research Association. These studies identified JRST as clearly the top research journal in science education.
JRST (ISSN: 0022-4308) is published monthly, except June and July, one volume of ten issues per year, by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA.

Journal of Science Teacher Education is a publication that adds to what we know about science teaching and learning but, most importantly, serves as a catalyst for thoughtful discussion concerning the improvement of the education of teachers in science.



The National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both the interests of language-minority students and the bilingual education professionals who serve them.


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a non-profit organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.



The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and affiliates (NBCC®), an independent not-for-profit credentialing body for counselors, was incorporated in 1982.

NBCC's certification program recognizes counselors who have met predetermined standards in their training, experience, and performance on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), the most portable credentialing examination in counseling.



The mission of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of our entire nation's young people.


The purpose of the National Consortium for Instruction and Cognition is to conduct, publish, and in other ways disseminate educational research, especially as such research relates to the cognitive processes involved in instructional sequences. The organization also promotes and actively supports, in all ways, possible communication among those who produce or are seriously interested in the results of such educational research.

Contact Dr. Michael Verdi, CSUSB, at 909-537-7636.  This organization welcomes research, presentations, and papers especially from graduate students.



The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English. "The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language."



The mission of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is to provide the vision and leadership necessary to ensure a mathematics education of the highest quality for all students. Founded in 1920, NCTM is the world's largest mathematics education organization, with more than 100,000 members and 250 Affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. NCTM publishes The Journal of Research in Mathematics Education.



The National Information Center for children and youth with disabilities (NICHCY) is the national information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues. NICHCY's Web site has information about Specific disabilities, Special education and related services for children in school, Individualized education programs, Parent materials, Disability organizations, Professional associations, Education rights and what the law requires, Early intervention services for infants and toddlers, Transition to adult life and much more.



The National organization for children with exceptionalities, i.e., disabilities, gifted.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.



Networks: an On-Line Journal for Teacher Research is the first on-line journal dedicated to teacher research. With the help of readers and writers like you, this journal aims to provide a forum for teachers' voices, a place where teachers working in classrooms, from pre-school to university, can share their experiences and learn from each other. Join us as we embark on this exciting new venture! Share your classroom research with colleagues from around the world. In each issue, you will find feature-length articles, as well as short reports of work-in-progress, book reviews, and discussions on current issues in teacher research. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics related to classroom research including: curriculum, methodology, ethics, collaboration, and community.



The Reading Teacher (RT) is the choice for those involved with literacy education of children to the age of 12. A peer-reviewed, professional journal published eight times yearly, RT gives thoughtful consideration to practices, research, and trends in literacy education and related fields.