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Researching Education Practice (EC/EC&P) (EDUC90748)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90748
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, Teacher Candidates will develop an understanding of research in education, as the first part of their capstone experience in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood/ Early Childhood and Primary). Candidates will participate in a series of lectures, focusing on: what constitutes research in education; the function of a literature review; common methodologies and methods in education research; key issues in research ethics; the management and analysis of data and the fundamentals of research writing. Workshops in this subject provide the opportunity for candidates to develop insight into common approaches to research in early childhood education and care (ECEC), and to consider how principles of research apply to their developing professional practice in ECEC.

This subject provides candidates with an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to education practice or policy, a focus on the use of research to inform and improve education practice, and prepares them to undertake a research project as the second part of their capstone experience.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, Teacher Candidates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current research in a particular area of education (Graduate Standards 6.1, 6.2);
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the processes in the conduct of research (Graduate Standard 6.2);
  • Understand the relationship between issues and methodology in research (Graduate Standard 6.2);
  • Demonstrate an ability to design a feasible project for independent research (Graduate Standard 6.2);
  • Participate in reflective and critical discussion of current issues in research in education (Graduate Standard 6.3).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in education research (Graduate Standard 7.1);

Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Generic skills

This subject will develop 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: 21 August 2019