Education Honours II: Research Design and Methods

Course code EDUC4965Units 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 1
OurimbahSemester 1
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; and
5. Recognise the importance of building and maintaining productive research partnerships with external and internal stakeholders.
ContentThis course introduces students to:

1. Introduction to educational research.
2. Key issues in the philosophy of social science.
3. Knowledge, objectivity and relativism.
4. Quality and validity: defining criteria.
5. The role of theory in educational research.
6. Major theoretical perspectives: phenomenology.
7. Major theoretical perspective: critical theory.
8. Major theoretical perspectives: post-structuralism.
9 Student presentations
10 Ethics in educational research
11 University ethics application processes
12 Creating and maintaining productive research partnerships
13 Review
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMinimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including:
120 units study in Education units incorporating both EDUC2102, EDUC2103, and EDUC4940; and an average GPA of 5.5 or higher.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1: Competing paradigms - 1500 words
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2: Research Implication - 1500 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 13 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentEDUC2102, EDUC2103 and EDUC4940
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC4965