Principia Methodologica: Theory and methodology in educational research

Course code EDUC6295Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to the intellectual traditions which ground research in education and the social professions generally. Primary grounding will be developed from the philosophy and history of the social sciences, with a strong additional point of departure building from the history and philosophy of science more generally.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. examine and discuss a range of philosophical approaches to foundational issues in educational research;
2. critically engage in debates on the philosophical premises of differing research methodological traditions;
3. articulate a coherent philosophical basis for the methodological choices made in the construction of educational research; and
4. demonstrate cogent reasoning and understanding of the philosophy of educational research.
ContentThe following questions are foundational to the content of the course:
- What are the methodological consequences of specific ontological and epistemological positions?
- What central methodological tenets and virtues are implied by differing philosophical positions?
- How do we understanding the relationship between the intended audience of research production and its philosophical foundation?
- What is the place of the normative in the production of educational research?
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1 50%
A 2500 word philosophical analysis of a selected exemplar of educational research, with specific focus on its ontological, epistemological and ethical commitments.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 2 50%
A 2500 word critical position paper articulating the philosophical rationale for a proposed research project and its methodology.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term