This phenomenological study presents the lived experience of six inservice educators participating in an online graduate-level research methods course as they learned about survey methodology and applied the knowledge and skills they acquired to their professional careers. Uniquely situated, the course employed an existing survey that was originally designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a professional development workshop for inservice educators as a main teaching tool. Semi-structured interviews and secondary data sources such as VoiceThreads©, discussion boards, assignments, and post course evaluations were used to explore the essence of the novice educator-researchers’ experience and perceptions. Through the four overarching themes, participants described the course as eminently applicable to their professional lives and shared how it transformed them from amateur to novice survey researchers. They also annotated how the course would benefit fellow practitioners when they too find themselves collaborating with or becoming educator-researchers.
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