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Education Research Methodology (EDUC90419)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90419
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In this subject, students will develop an understanding of how to appraise, plan, implement and disseminate research in education. Students will participate in a series of lectures and seminars, focusing on: what constitutes research in education; the function of a literature review; methodologies and methods in education research; key issues in research ethics; the management and analysis of data and the fundamentals of research writing. Students will develop a research proposal with guidance from a supervisor, and present an overview of the aims and significance of their proposed project.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research in a particular area of education;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the processes in the conduct of research;
  • Design a feasible project for independent research;
  • Undertake a literature review of research already undertaken on a topic relevant to their proposed study;
  • Define an appropriate methodology for investigating the topic;
  • Participate in reflective and critical discussion of current issues in research in education.

Generic skills

This subject develops the following set of key transferable skills:

  • Clinical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Learning to learn and metacognition
  • Responsiveness to a changing knowledge base
  • Reflection for continuous improvement
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Inquiry and research
  • Active and participatory citizenship.

Last updated: 15 August 2019