Research Methodology

Course code EDUC6048Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Provides an introduction to research methodologies in education, both qualitative and quantitative. The subject introduces students to contemporary perspectives in educational research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills involved in formulating a research proposal, including framing research questions, reviewing the literature and choosing appropriate methodologies for different types of study. The ways in which researchers from different research traditions use the different methods of collecting research data (for example, interview, questionnaire and observation) will be included. As the subject is intended to prepare students either for a research thesis or an industry-based project some preliminary work on the development and administration of a research instrument (eg, a questionnaire or an interview) is included.

Contact hours: 2 hours per week

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
(1) Search for, select and critically analyse research articles and papers
(2) Prepare a literature review

(3) Formulate and evaluate research questions
(4) Develop a research proposal or industry project plan
(5) Gain experience with instrument development and data collection methods
ContentEducational research methodologies to be discussed will include a range of research traditions and designs: descriptive, survey, experimental, quasi-experimental, phenomenology, life history and biography, case study research, ethnographic research and grounded theory. The role of the practitioner is explored including action research. Students will be encouraged to develop their own research and/or project interests and to design a research instrument.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsLiterature review - 2000 words (45%) (1) Search for, select and critically analyse research articles and papers (2) Prepare a literature review A research proposal or industry project plan - 2000-2500 words (45%) (1) Formulate and evaluate research questions (2) Develop a research proposal or industry project plan A questionnaire or interview exercise - equivalent to about 1000 words (10%) (1) Gain experience with instrument development and data collection methods
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6048