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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, participants scope and design a research project in curriculum, teaching and learning for a specific higher education context. In their research project, participants apply concepts and principles of higher education curriculum, teaching and learning to their own practice, and design research involving established and emerging methods from educational research literature. Participants are guided in the selection of methods for gathering data, analysis and interpretation of data, and complete a research project that addresses ethical issues according to faculty or university guidelines. Participants critique and peer review their draft progress reports, and develop a final research project report with the guidance of their supervisor.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRhonda Hallett

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

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Subject rules

Prerequisites EDU4CTL

Co-requisites Must be enrolled in RCHE - Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. EDU4CTL

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to research methods in educationRecommendedPunch, K. (2009)LOS ANGELES; LONDON: SAGE
ReadingsQualitative research and evaluation methodsRecommendedPatton, M.Q. (2002)THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA: SAGE PUBLICATIONS
ReadingsThe Selection of a Research Design In Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. (3rd ed)RecommendedCreswell, J.W. (2008)UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ: PEARSON/MERRILL PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsUnderstanding social programs through evaluation, in Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y, (Eds) Strategies of qualitative inquiry (2nd ed, pp1-45)RecommendedGreene, J.C. (2003)THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE PUBLICATIONS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Design a research/scholarship of teaching and learning project for a specific higher education context

Reading, class exercises and discussion, and individual supervision

02. Apply relevant approaches and methods for carrying out that project

Reading, class discussion, individual supervision

03. Address ethical issues that may arise in the project, according to faculty and/or university ethics guidelines

Reading, class discussion, individual supervision

04. Identified issues and challenges with analysis of data in higher education research

Reading, class discussion, individual supervision

05. Present a first-draft manuscript report on the project review for team critique

Presentation to peers

06. Provide other team members with constructive, peer review of their drafts

Team critique, class discussion

07. Reflect critically on the draft project manuscript and feedback received and identify potential manuscript development

Critical reflection, individual supervision

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