Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to key topics in contemporary education, structured around investigations of three major types of research projects, which introduce them to various qualitative and quantitative research traditions.



  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022
  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of key issues in education.

2. Critically analyse educational research.

3. Select and apply appropriate research methodologies relevant to the field.

4. Apply a critical understanding of strengths and weakness in research within various traditions.

5. Apply evidence based research in understanding educational issues.


Three key topics are studied: the role of education in knowledge economies; educational equity and social identities; and, learning processes and teaching effectiveness. Within these investigations, students will analyse research questions relevant to the field, conceptual frameworks, analytical techniques, and conclusions. The specific research topics analysed will be chosen to highlight contrasting ways of understanding educational research.


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Education Program [40138] or the Graduate Certificate Education [40139].

Assessment items

Literature Review: Review paper

Journal: Transcript and individual reflection

Essay: Bibliographic Essay

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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