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Unit description

Moves students through the major tenets of educational theory and research methodology.  Students will engage with cutting-edge, conventional and historic theories and methodologies in education and the social sciences.  They will examine qualitative, post-qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and how they may be put to work with/through theory.  The unit incorporates direct research experience enabling students to work and play with theory and methodology in creative and innovative ways.

Unit content

  • What comes before theory: Playing with the ‘ologies’; 
  • Playing and working with theorists and theory in education and learning; and
  • Paying and working with methodology: Qualitative, post-qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically identify the major tenets of educational theoryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2critically identify the major tenets of educational research methodologiesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3understand the nexus between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational researchIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4identify appropriate theory and research methodology to address educational problems or issuesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learningCultural competence
5design, plan and pilot a theory/methodology for an identified educational problem or issueIntellectual rigourCreativityEthical practiceKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically identify the major tenets of educational theory
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. critically identify the major tenets of educational research methodologies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. understand the nexus between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. identify appropriate theory and research methodology to address educational problems or issues
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. design, plan and pilot a theory/methodology for an identified educational problem or issue
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • Leavy, P. , 2017, Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches, 1st, The Guilford Press, New York. ISBN: 9781462514380.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 days (twice)
Assessment
Portfolio50%
Portfolio50%

Teaching method
Workshop online 2 days (twice)
Assessment
Portfolio50%
Portfolio50%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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