This unit 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. 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 to complete this unit in the same semester as they undertake their inquiry project units 1 and 2.

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ECE3007 - Practice in Partnership 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to research in Early Childhood;  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical research in Early Childhood  
  3. Critically reflect on and evaluate different approaches to research;  
  4. Design an inquiry project;  
  5. Present and defend an inquiry proposal  


Assessment type Description Grade
Poster A visual and linguistic representation of three methods of inquiry appropriate for use in Early Childhood education 20%
Assignment Outline and analyse the benefits of a particular methodology for use in exploring their inquiry question 30%
Presentation Presentation and defence of their inquiry question and the methodology to be applied 50%

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