Research Methods in Education

    Unit code: EED7001 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    Victoria University Online


    Research is an integral element of education. The intention of this unit is to provide students, both practitioner researchers and those who wish to advance in their trajectory as researchers with a conceptual and critical overview of educational research methodologies and methods. Students will familiarise themselves with methodological literature, explore current literature related to their chosen area of inquiry and experience developing a research proposal. Students are advised to complete this unit preceding the minor thesis, capstone or curriculum specialisation.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse and critique contemporary perspectives and theories related to educational research including respectful research tied to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and language;
    2. Explicate the essential elements and processes involved in undertaking quality educational research;
    3. Elucidate an understanding of the need for the ethical conduct of research, and an awareness of the processes for applying for ethics approval when undertaking educational research;
    4. Critically reflect on and evaluate different approaches to research;
    5. Design a research project;
    6. Understand how research can be used to inform literacy and numeracy strategies in teaching contexts.
    7. Demonstrate and understanding of how the research process can help to develop an understanding of verbal and non verbal communication strategies that support student engagement


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 20%
    Research planning: Reflective writing and Scoping document
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 40%
    Synoptic literature review
    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 40%
    Research methodology

    Required reading

    Readings and other sources relevant to the unit which will be available via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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