3 x 8-hour seminars per semester
Topic description

In this topic students will undertake an independent research study in an area of education. Students undertaking a specialisation will select a topic within their specialised area of study. Students will examine contemporary research involving a selected area of interest to address educational issue/s and to identify an area for a research project. They will critically examine recent literature, engage in debate and reflection, and develop and apply their knowledge to plan, conduct and report a research project in their chosen area of interest.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Foster inquiry as an essential educational practice
  • Improve students' research skills and ability to critically evaluate literature
  • Enable students to apply skills and knowledge relating to an area of educational theory or practice
  • Encourage students to generate researchable questions in an area of current interest in educational theory, policy or practice
  • Enable students to undertake an in-depth research study in an area of education
  • Improve students' ability to construct, test and defend an argument
  • Enable students to report research findings
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Examine current literature in the field of education with an informed, critical perspective
  2. Formulate research questions to investigate issues of interest and/or current concern in education
  3. Apply research principles and methods in the evaluation and design of research into a current educational issue
  4. Generate detailed proposal for educational research, including consideration of ethical research standards, methods and timelines
  5. Undertake and report on a substantial independent research project
  6. Communicate findings from analysis and synthesis of reading and personal research using high standards of academic literacy

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.