In this unit of study students enhance their skills and knowledge by exploring a particular field of education and/or training that they regard as directly related to their own interests. Through negotiation with a mentor, students identify a particular theoretical and/or professional interest they have and then embark on a guided, largely independent in-depth critical study related to their interest. Students have a level of independence and flexibility in how they construct and present their learning. The study may stem from material introduced in other coursework units, professional contexts or link to the students' intended research topic depending on what stage they are up to in their course of study. Aspects of social justice, sustainability and/or communities of learning that underpin the Master of Education should inform the study.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate core issues related to their topic of inquiry;  
  2. Critically examined multiple perspectives related to the topic of inquiry;  
  3. Formulate a conceptual and theoretical overview of contemporary issues related to their topic of inquiry;  
  4. Compose an artefact that represents their new ideas or ways of considering the topic of inquiry.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Group presentation - Learning Circle presentation (2200 words or equivalent). 30%
Report Written report as negotiated (2200 words). 30%
Other Submission of final assessment task as per negotiation with the nominated mentor (3600 words or equivalent) 40%
Total assessment for this unit will be 8,000 words or equivalent.

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