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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

10

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically identify the major tenets of educational theory
2 critically identify the major tenets of educational research methodologies
3 understand the nexus between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
4 identify appropriate theory and research methodology to address educational problems or issues
5 design, plan and pilot a theory/methodology for an identified educational problem or issue

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

  1. critically identify the major tenets of educational theory
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    • GA4:
  2. critically identify the major tenets of educational research methodologies
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    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. understand the nexus between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
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    • GA4:
  4. identify appropriate theory and research methodology to address educational problems or issues
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  5. design, plan and pilot a theory/methodology for an identified educational problem or issue
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    • GA2:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

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 teaching periods.