1 x 20-hour on-line exercises per semester
10 x 1-hour on-line tutorials per semester
2 x 20-hour project works per semester
1 Admission into MEDHE-Master of Education (Higher Education)
1a Admission into MEDHEP-Master of Education (Higher Education) [1.5 years]
1b Admission into GCEHE-Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education)
1c Admission into GCHE-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Assignment(s), Project, Online presentation & critiques
Topic description

This topic will provide a broad introduction to the vast and diverse fields of research in Higher Education. Research of the enterprise of higher education generally attends to matters of leadership and management, policy development, educational pedagogies, social and political commentary and educational technologies, as well as disciplinary interests within the context of higher education. This topic is intended to be an introduction for the development of students' capacity to engage in further research into higher education, beginning with careful attention to one's own experiences in higher education.

Methodologies used in this topic involve student co-creation of the curriculum, portfolio work and active engaged enquiry. As such the type and mix of activities will vary.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Expose students to the diversity found in the fields of research that focus on the purpose, leadership, management, and educational practices of higher education
  • Provide opportunities for students to enhance their approach to being critical consumers of higher education research outputs
  • Enable students to further their understanding of how to adopt a systematic, theoretically defensible, and ethical approach to the design of a research proposal
  • Enable students to engage in self defence and peer review of research designs
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Select from the scope of higher education research an area of personal interest to investigate, considering the diverse underpinning, assumptions, interests and audiences
  2. Conduct and report on a brief critical review of key research in the area of interest
  3. Critique at least two other students’ critical reviews
  4. Formulate defensible research question(s) in their area of research interest
  5. Provide feedback to other students on their research questions
  6. Produce a research proposal, which includes a defence, a research design and addresses questions of epistemology, timing, resourcing and ethical concerns
  7. Undertake a critical review of at least two other students’ research proposals

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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