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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Co-requisites

be enrolled in or already completed EDU00751 - Critical Literature Review I

Anti-requisites

EDU01551 Enquiry I: Qualitative Research in Education

Unit aim

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.

Unit content

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

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 explain the role, function and potential impact of different types of research in educational contexts
2 analyse the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
3 identify and justify the most appropriate research approach to address an identified educational problem, issue, or knowledge need
4 select appropriate qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods for such a study
5 describe the approaches taken to analysing data
6 identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context
7 develop a proposal and ethics application for a small scale study in an education context.

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

  1. explain the role, function and potential impact of different types of research in educational contexts
    • GA1:
  2. analyse the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology and methods in educational research
    • GA1:
  3. identify and justify the most appropriate research approach to address an identified educational problem, issue, or knowledge need
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  4. select appropriate qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods for such a study
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  5. describe the approaches taken to analysing data
    • GA1:
  6. identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context
    • GA3:
  7. develop a proposal and ethics application for a small scale study in an education context.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.