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.
Weeks 1 & 2 - 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.
Weeks 3 & 4 - 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.
- Evaluating qualitative research.
Weeks 3 & 4 - Module 2b: Quantitative research methods (optional module)
- Quantitative methodology and theory.
- Quantitative data collection approaches and techniques, including sampling.
- Quantitative data analysis approaches.
- Evaluating quantitative research.
Weeks 5 & 6 - 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||Demonstrate the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Identify and justify the most appropriate research approach and form of data analysis to address an identified educational problem, issue or knowledge need.||Intellectual rigour|
|4||Identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context.||Ethical practice|
Teaching and assessment
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