The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

EDUC4955

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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


Content

  1. Introduction to theories of educational research
  2. Key issues in the philosophy of social science
  3. Research Paradigms: Ontological, epistemological and methodological assumptions
  4. Knowledge, objectivity and relativism
  5. Research quality, credibility, validity
  6. The role of theory in educational research
  7. Major theoretical perspective #1: Critical theory
  8. Major theoretical perspective #2: Poststructuralism
  9. Major theoretical perspective #3: Phenomenology
  10. Paradigm, methodology, theory, and research project design

Requisite

Students cannot enrol in this course if they have successfully completed EDUC4940.


Assumed knowledge

Minimum of 160 units of undergraduate study including: 80 units study in Education units incorporating both EDUC2102 and EDUC2103.


Assessment items

Presentation: Seminar Presentation

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Review of research literature


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks