Research Methods in Early Childhood

Unit code: ECE4004 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Online Real Time
VU Brisbane
VU Sydney
ECE3007 - Practice in Partnership 4
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 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.

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. Adapt 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.

Study as a single unit

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For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

Links to relevant texts will be available via VU collaborate.

As part of a course

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