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Researching Education Practice (EDUC90926)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90926
Term 1 - Online
Term 3 - Online
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In this subject, students will develop an understanding of research in education, as the first part of their capstone experience, and advanced skills to analyse complex educational problems and the bodies of knowledge associated with them. Students will undertake coursework 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. 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 research skills to justify and interpret educational research propositions and the findings from educational research. This subject provides students with an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to education practice or policy, and focusses on the use of research to inform and improve education practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate current research in a particular area of education
  • Describe and reflect critically on the processes used in the conduct of research
  • Investigate the relationship between issues and methodology in research
  • Identify ethical issues in education research and evaluate responses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which theory and research inform practice.

Generic skills

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

  • Apply critical thinking skills
  • Analyse and evaluate the quality of research and research papers
  • Demonstrate planning and time management skills
  • Communicate research results clearly and persuasively.

Last updated: 28 August 2019