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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Education

Pre-requisites

288 credit points

Unit aim

Encourages students to value career-long professional learning and provides an opportunity for students to investigate a classroom, school or community-based educational problem or issue of their own choosing and to present the findings in a format suitable for professional dissemination.

Unit content

  • The role of professional and research literature and professional groups in supporting ongoing professional learning (including professional organisations, conferences, websites, journals and magazines)
  • Planning for your investigation
  • Conducting your investigation
  • Presenting findings from your investigation.

The topic of the project will be determined through negotiation between the student and the unit assessor or his/her nominee.

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify ways in which new knowledge, ideas and experiences are disseminated within professional educational communities and the importance of career-long professional learning
2 formulate a researchable issue or problem of their own choosing for further investigation
3 assess the ethical issues involved in researching with children and conform to ethical principles, protocols and requirements when conducting investigations within educational contexts
4 choose from the methodologies outlined an appropriate approach to investigate the issue, including (where relevant) implementing and evaluating an educational intervention
5 gather and present appropriate data to support the investigation and (where relevant) to evaluate outcomes arising from an intervention and recommend follow-up strategies
6 present the findings of the investigation in a format suitable for professional dissemination.

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

  1. identify ways in which new knowledge, ideas and experiences are disseminated within professional educational communities and the importance of career-long professional learning
  2. formulate a researchable issue or problem of their own choosing for further investigation
  3. assess the ethical issues involved in researching with children and conform to ethical principles, protocols and requirements when conducting investigations within educational contexts
  4. choose from the methodologies outlined an appropriate approach to investigate the issue, including (where relevant) implementing and evaluating an educational intervention
  5. gather and present appropriate data to support the investigation and (where relevant) to evaluate outcomes arising from an intervention and recommend follow-up strategies
  6. present the findings of the investigation in a format suitable for professional dissemination.