Education Honours I: Introduction to Education Research

Course code EDUC4955Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course is an introduction to fundamental discussions and concepts in educational research. Students will engage with key debates in the philosophy of social science, consider the role of theory in educational research as well as appraise questions concerning ethical conduct and the building of productive research partnerships.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course a student should have the capacity to:

1) Understand key issues in the philosophy of social science including recognising how different paradigms conceptualise knowledge, validity and the researchers' position
2) Understand the role of theory in research and become familiar with some of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives in educational research
3) Be knowledgeable of what constitutes ethical conduct in research involving humans
4) Be familiar with university ethics clearance processes
5) Recognise the importance of building and maintaining productive research partnerships with external and internal stakeholders
ContentTo provide the candidate with the advanced or additional disciplinary and methodological knowledge, and research training, necessary for them to successfully undertake a research thesis project at honours level.
Replacing Course(s)EDUC4950
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMinimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including: 80 units study in Education units incorporating both EDUC2102 and EDUC2103.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 - 30% Short Essay (1500 words)
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssignment 3 - 30% Ethics Case Senario (1500 words)
Presentations - IndividualAssignment 2 - 40% Theory Presentation (equivalent to 2000 words)
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC4955