This course is an introduction to fundamental discussions and concepts in educational research. Students will engage with key debates in the philosophy of social science and consider the role of theory in educational research.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Understand key issues in the philosophy of social science including recognising how different paradigms conceptualise knowledge, validity and the researchers' position
2. Understand the role of theory in research and become familiar with some of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives in educational research
3. Understand competing traditions of education research and the implications for research design
- Introduction to theories of educational research
- Key issues in the philosophy of social science
- Research Paradigms: Ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions
- Knowledge, objectivity and relativism
- Research quality, credibility, validity
- The role of theory in educational research
- Major theoretical perspective #1: Critical theory
- Major theoretical perspective #2: Poststructuralism
- Major theoretical perspective #3: Phenomenology
- Paradigm, methodology, theory, and research project design
This course replaces EDUC4940 and EDUC4950. If you have successfully completed EDUC4940 or EDUC4950 you cannot enrol in this course.
To enrol in this course student must have completed a minimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including 80 units study in Education units including: EDUC1103 or EDUC2103 and EDUC2102.
Students must be active in one of the following programs:
Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Humanities) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Health and Physical Education) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Mathematics) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Teaching (Technology) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (Honours) ,
Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood) (Honours) , or
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) .
Minimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including: 80 units study in Education units incorporating both EDUC2102 and EDUC2103.
Presentation: Seminar Presentation
Written Assignment: Assignment 2
Written Assignment: Review of research literature
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
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