EDUCATION RESEARCH METHODS A

EDU4RMA

2018

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, purposes and methods of educational research and methodological problems associated with rival approaches are considered. The selection and definition of a research problem, conducting literature reviews and writing of a research proposal are addressed. Principles and practices of empirical research, experimental, quasi-experimental and ex post facto research, coding, analysis of numeric data and statistical procedures are also examined. Ethical development of research and compliance with ethics committee approval is addressed. Case study designs, techniques associated with ethnographic research, coding, analysis and interpretation of textual data will is an integral part of this unit.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Beagley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Requires coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEducational Research: planning, conducting and evaluatingRecommendedCresswell, J. (2015)5th edition, PEARSON
ReadingsResearch for EducatorsPrescribedKervin, L., Vialle, W., Howard, S., Herrington, J. & Okely, T. (2016)2nd edition, CENGAGE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop a researchable question that can be answered using appropriate methodology and answered within an appropriate time frame.

Activities:
Research Study Proposal, Literature Review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Develop the research design for an educational research project using appropriate methodology and data analysis techniques.

Activities:
Research Study Proposal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Demonstrate an awareness of the broader ethical issues associated with research in education.

Activities:
Research Study Proposal, Literature Review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Draft a thematic literature review that problematises and contextualises a research question and demonstrate an understanding of the form and function of a literature review through critiquing and providing formative feedback for a peer.

Activities:
Literature Review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Week 47-22, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Beagley

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop
Four 7.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus online learning"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
a 3,000 word research study proposal40 01, 02, 03
a 4,500 word review of literature assignment60 04