Educational Research Methodology 2: Qualitative

Course code EDUC6049Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Provides a generic introduction to the knowledge, skills and tools that a student will require when undertaking a qualitative research study in education. In particular, the subject focuses on the areas of data collection and analysis. Emphasis is given to understanding, evaluating, and gaining experience in the multiple processes of gathering, managing, exploring, interrogating and interpreting textual data. This will include practical sessions in using and evaluating Qualitative Data Analysis Software. Students will be encouraged to apply their skills to data that is relevant to their particular specialist needs.

Contact hours: 2 hours per week

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives(1) To gain a knowledge of sound research practice across a range of qualitative traditions
(2) To gain knowledge and skills in qualitative research design, and methods
(3) To gain knowledge and skills in gathering and analysing educational research data obtained through qualitative methods.
(4) To gain knowledge and skills in presenting and evaluating qualitative research findings
(5) To gain knowledge and skills in managing a qualitative research project
ContentIntroduction to qualitative research methods in education (including gathering data by means of interviews, observations, artifacts, document analysis) their variations and use within the major qualitative research traditions;
How to manage a research project (including keeping a research journal, field notes, organising computer and other storage of information and materials, handling writing and data gathering phases or stages, building in ways of cross-checking and verifying accuracy of data and appropriateness of interpretation, and in combining methods to best effect);
Exploring the uses of computers in managing and analysis of data, and in assisting theory building;
Practical experience of text analysis, interrogation and exploration using manual methods and computer assisted methods in several sessions that assist the student to use QRSN6/N Vivo software;
Exploring alternative means of presenting qualitative findings (ranging from simple cross- tabulations, pictorial representation and mapping, through to various narrative strategies, including potential uses of computers at this stage).
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC6048
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Research journal (1000 words) 20% Subject objective table (1) to (5) Methods exercise (1000 words) 20% Subject objective table (1) to (2) Short essay (1000 words) 20% Subject objective table (1) to (4) Analysis assignment (2000 words) 40% Subject objective table (1) to (5)
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6049