Research is an integral element of education. The intention of this unit is to provide students, both practitioner researchers and those who wish to advance in their trajectory as researchers with a conceptual and critical overview of educational research methodologies and methods. Students will familiarise themselves with methodological literature, explore current literature related to their chosen area of inquiry and experience developing a research proposal.  Students are advised to complete this unit directly preceding the minor thesis or capstone.

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Students are advised to complete 48 credit points in their course prior to enrolment in this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to educational research;  
  2. Explicate the essential elements and processes involved in undertaking quality educational research;  
  3. Elucidate an understanding of the need for the ethical conduct of research, and an awareness of the processes for applying for ethics approval when undertaking educational research;  
  4. Critically reflect on and evaluate different approaches to research;  
  5. Investigate and design a research project; and  
  6. Defend and present a research proposal.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Research planning: Literature review, Scoping document and/or Emergent thinking plan 20%
Presentation In class activities: oral presentations, reading tasks and/or written tasks (as negotiated with the course coordinator). 20%
Research Paper Submission of research proposal 60%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8,000 words or equivalent.

Required reading

Research methods in education 7th edn
Cohen, L., Manion, L & Morrison, K. 2011.
Abingdon, England/Taylor & Francis

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