This unit introduces students to action-based research in youth, and community-focused settings. Students plan and implement a specific activity based on a literature review and participation in professional practice. Students are expected to generate a personal discourse which explains and enhances personal agency in the context of professional and bureaucratic structures. Skills to be developed include: planning for change; goal and outcomes setting; data collection and interpretation in action research; writing for professional audiences; journal and case writing. The unit of study encourages students to work together in co-operative groups, whilst also assisting them to be reflective practitioners; our ability as professionals to reflect, evaluate and improve our work practices is essential. This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different research tools and how to apply them.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the importance of being a reflective practitioner within a local and global community context;  
  2. Design and apply evaluation tools for a range of programs and community research;  
  3. Critically review a range of research tools and implement with an understanding of the need to balance intricacies of individual and public good  
  4. Review examples of research proposals and reports that contribute to work and community networks  
  5. Evaluate and analyse relevant literature that is useful to and identifies good practice; in youth work, community, criminal justice, restorative and professional practice debates.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review A review of relevant vocational literature 20%
Literature Review A review of relevant vocational literature 40%
Research Paper A development of a research paper in the vocational area 40%

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