Considers the role, nature and practice of research in education. Students are introduced to general research principles and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies with a focus on ethical issues in the conduct of research. Students plan a research-based project, and develop a research proposal and an ethics application.
Module 1: Introduction
The role, nature and practice of research in education
The role of ontology, epistemology and theory in informing approaches to research
Overview of research methodology and methods, including a broad understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches
Framing a research study
Module 2a: Qualitative research methods in education (optional module)
Qualitative methodology and theory
Qualitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling
Qualitative data analysis approaches
How is qualitative research evaluated?
Module 2b: Quantitative research methods (optional module)
Quantitative methodology and theory
Quantitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling
Quantitative data analysis approaches
How is quantitative research evaluated?
Module 3: Preparing a research proposal and ethics application
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||explain the role, function and potential impact of different types of research in educational contexts||Intellectual rigour|
|2||analyse the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research||Intellectual rigour|
|3||identify and justify the most appropriate research approach to address an identified educational problem, issue, or knowledge need||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|4||select appropriate qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods for such a study||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|5||describe the approaches taken to analysing data||Intellectual rigour|
|6||identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context||Ethical practice|
|7||develop a proposal and ethics application for a small scale study in an education context.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice|
- No prescribed texts.
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Teaching and assessment
|Structured online learning na (na)|
|Draft Research Proposal||30%|
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