Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013


This unit introduces a range of educational research methods relevant to learning organisations and environments, the principles of ethically conducted educational research and the skills required for the identification and interpretation of educational research literature. The unit is the first of two units designed for Master of Teaching students who wish to investigate an educational issue or practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. differentiate between different research perspectives and methodologies in the field of education and social sciences,
  2. plan ethically responsible educational research,
  3. reflect on the meanings and motivations they bring to the research endeavour ,
  4. perceive the interconnections between research questions, data forums, research methodologies and methods, and formulate research questions and link these to designs,
  5. systematically identify and locate a range of research literature on a topic of interest to them,
  6. interpret and critically evaluate this literature with respect to its usefulness in a specific setting (typically the students' own work setting or focus of study),
  7. engage with a range of conventions and stylistic features of academic writing, and
  8. prepare a summary of the implications of this literature in a selected academic genre.


Assessment Task 1: Preparation of a draft research proposal and ethics application (4000 words, 50%), and Assessment Task 2: Literature review research paper (4000 words. 50%)

Contact hours

Contact: 3 hrs/week; private study 21 hrs/week