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This subject involves students undertaking a substantial project requiring an independent investigation of a topic that they regard as directly related to their own professional practice and/or within their area of specialisation. Students will draw on theory, knowledge and skills developed through their degree to design and complete their professional capstone project. The project can be a:
- workplace investigation negotiated by the student with the relevant host organisation;
- theoretical or explorative study; or
- research project involving secondary data analyses.
Note that students will not be allowed to undertake any project that involves the collection of primary data that requires Human Research Ethics Approval.
Students will demonstrate their ability to define a problem, review relevant theoretical and practical literature, design an approach and apply it to their defined problem. Students will present their scholarly findings in a conference presentation format (designed for the subject) that facilitates peer learning and fosters professional alliances and networks.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
Graduate Standards refers to the Graduate-level Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the processes in the conduct of research; (Graduate Standard 6.2)
- Demonstrate an ability to design a feasible project for independent research (Graduate Standard 6.2)
- Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in an area of contemporary research and practice in education (Graduate Standards 6.2)
- Demonstrate a capacity to engage in reflective, critical discussion of current issues in existing research in education (Graduate Standards 6.2, 6.3)
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in education research (Graduate Standard 7.1)
- Discuss findings based on systematic analysis of data (Graduate Standards n/a)
- Identify and explain the implications of their project findings for improving education practice (Graduate Standard 6.4)
- Demonstrate a capacity to extend professional learning through research (Graduate Standards 6.1, 6.2)
- 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: 7 December 2019