1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
1a Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
1b Admission into MEDUOS-Master of Education
1c Admission into MEDHE-Master of Education (Higher Education)
1d Admission into MEDHEP-Master of Education (Higher Education) [1.5 years]
1e Admission into MEDLE-Master of Education (Languages Education)
1f Admission into MEDLEP-Master of Education (Languages Education) [1.5 years]
1g Admission into MTESOL-Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
1h Admission into GDPRM/EPSW-Graduate Diploma in Research Methods
1i Admission into GCEDDL-Graduate Certificate in Educational Design and Digital Learning
1j Admission into MLE-Master of Leadership in Education
1k Admission into MCPEP-Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
1l Admission into MED-Master of Education
1m Admission into MISE-Master of Inclusive and Specialised Education
1n Admission into MWPMHE-Master of Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health in Education
1o Admission into GCE-Graduate Certificate in Education
2 Admission into EDD-Doctor of Education
2a Admission into PHDCP-Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
2b Admission into DPH-Doctor of Public Health
2c Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
2d Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
2e Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
2f Admission into MEDOS-Master of Education
2g Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
2h Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
2i Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
2j Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
2k Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
2l Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
2m Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
2n Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
2o Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
2p Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
2q Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
2r Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
2s Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
3 Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
3a Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
3b Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3c Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
3d Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3e Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
4 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l or 2m or 2n or 2o or 2p or 2q or 2r or 2s)) or ((3 or 3a or 3b or 3c or 3d or 3e) and 4))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of EDES9801, EDES9801D has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic introduces students to the broad quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in the field of education. Students examine the key steps in the process of conducting research including identifying research problems, reviewing the literature, developing research questions, collecting and analysing data, and reporting and evaluating research. Students are asked to consider the context, nature and purposes of educational research. Current problems and issues in educational research are discussed. Students are encouraged to integrate their learning within their own research context.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Engage students in a critical examination of a range of approaches to research in education
  • Critically examine the similarities and differences between quantitative and qualitative research
  • Develop an understanding of the key elements of the research process including: research problems, literature
  • Reviews, research questions, collecting and analysing data; and reporting and evaluating research
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and describe a variety of approaches to research, their similarities and differences, and arguments for and against the use of each approach
  2. Develop an understanding of the key elements of the research process including: research problems, literature reviews, research questions, collecting and analysing data; and reporting and evaluating research
  3. Critique at least two published articles that address an area of research from different philosophical perspectives. (and for EdD students: evaluate the extent to which these articles make an original contribution to policy and/or management and/or practice)

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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