Conducting Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education

Course code EDUC6265
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


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 the theoretical and practical tools to do that. There will be also opportunity to practice that in the course with the mentoring of the lecturer.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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.


The 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.

Assessment Items

Proposal / Plan: Essays/Written Assignments - Research Plan

Report: Reports - Project findings

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Term

Lectures and tutorials may be delivered online


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Term