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Research Methods in Education (EDUC90620)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90620
Semester 2
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Students who haven't completed EDUC90057 and EDUC90620 should enrol in the new capstone subject EDUC90989. If EDUC90989 is not shown in your study plan, please submit an Enrolment Variation Form. For more information, please contact the subject coordinator.

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of research in education, as part of their capstone experience. This subject aims to build the methodological literacy of students and advance their skills to understand and critically analyse complex educational problems. Students will undertake coursework focusing on: what constitutes research in education; common methodologies and methods in education research; the management and analysis of data; and the fundamentals of critical thinking and writing. Students will develop insight into common approaches to research in education and will consider how principles of research can inform professional practice. They will develop the skills to interpret educational research propositions and findings from educational research. This subject provides students with an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a range of educational contexts and practices.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse major theoretical approaches used in the conduct of educational research by comparing and contrasting research designs in education
  2. Critique the strengths and limitations of various research methods with reference to their applicability, validity and interpretations.
  3. Analyse, synthesise and critique a selected research design relevant to education research
  4. Apply enhanced critical thinking and writing skills when reviewing research from methodological point of view     

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students will be able to;

  • Understand a range of research practices more fully;
  • Understand the dependence of research results on the methodology and analytical framework employed.
  • Read academic work with an increased critical capacity.

Last updated: 27 June 2019