This unit (ECE4004) provides students, both practitioner researchers and those who wish to advance in their interest as researchers, with a conceptual and critical overview of educational research methodologies and methods that can be applied in Early Childhood settings and the upcoming research project. Students will familiarise themselves with methodological literature, explore current literature related to their chosen area of inquiry and experience developing an inquiry project or research proposal. Students are advised that this unit connects with Inquiry Project 1 and Inquiry Project 2, within which they will complete the research project they have designed in this unit. The work undetaken in this unit will be extended in the remaining units of the course leading to the operationalisation of the research project.

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ECE3007 - Practice in Partnership 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in Early Childhood;  
  2. Apply principles of ethical research in an Early Childhood context;  
  3. Critically reflect on different research methodologies;  
  4. Design a research project;  
  5. Justify a developing research proposal.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Creative Works A representation of research methodologies appropriate for use in Early Childhood education. 20%
Report An outline and analysis of the benefits of a particular methodology for use in exploring their research topic. 40%
Presentation Presentation and defence of their research project proposal. 40%

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