Conducting Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education

Course code EDUC6265Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

In this course participants learn about contemporary and emerging qualitative research approaches to inquire into a professional issue of their choice. The course includes the opportunity to design and implement a small scale early childhood investigation using qualitative methods such as researching with children, participatory action research, community development as research, or visual research methods. The project is based on a critical review of the literature conducted in EDUC6264. This course enables participants to engage with the idea of becoming a teacher researcher and provides them with theoretical and practical tools to do that. There will be also opportunity to practice that in the course with the mentoring of the lecturer.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. Investigate a selected research method in depth and apply it to a workplace-based project focused on teacher change.
2. Study processes and practices suitable for teacher led research.
3. Investigate an issue in the workplace.
4. Write a professional publication suitable for potential publication.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
- Writing a research question.
- Selecting a research method.
- Designing and implementing a teacher change project.
- Data collection.
- Data analysis.
- Dissemination of research for a public audience.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
ProjectsPaper outlining project findings (50%)
ReportsResearch Plan (50%)
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 5 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 7 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6265