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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.


Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCraig Deed

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesResearch Study Proposal, Literature Review

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Requires coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Educational Research: planning, conducting and evaluating

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCresswell, J.


Edition/Volume5th edition



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Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Research for Educators

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorKervin, L., Vialle, W., Howard, S., Herrington, J. & Okely, T.


Edition/Volume2nd edition



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Other descriptionN/A

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop a researchable question that can be answered using appropriate methodology and answered within an appropriate time frame.
02. Develop the research design for an educational research project using appropriate methodology and data analysis techniques.
03. Demonstrate an awareness of the broader ethical issues associated with research in education.
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.

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