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Research for Teaching (EDN616)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AW1-internal, AW1-external
Description This is the capstone research project of the Master of Teaching. In this unit students will apply their knowledge and understanding of principles of educational research and will engage in a small-scale empirical research project of their choice that is relevant to the school context where they undertake their placement. The project can be framed as action-research or case-study research but is not limited to these formats.
Unit Learning Outcomes The learning outcomes for the unit are aligned with the Course Learning Outcomes (CLO) for the Master of Teaching and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this unit students are expected to be able to:
1. Establish the research principles applicable to the field of education
2. Produce a rationale' for the relevant APST sources of professional learning for teachers and the implications for improved student learning
3. Create, implement and provide a rationale based on unit content for a research-based project
4. Demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative skills necessary to investigate and analyse complex information.
5. Summarise and communicate your research project findings in a professional forum
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 6 x 3 hour on-campus sessions during teaching period. Half-day presentation of posters.
Unit Learning Experiences Internal components involve lectures and collaborative discussions. Self-directed or group learning tasks may be employed. LMS is used to promote blended learning strategies, such as engaging in interactive discussion forums, especially for external mode.
Assessment Students will be assessed on the basis of written work, research, understanding and application of relevant theories from unit readings as well as participation. Assessment will focus on demonstration of learning outcomes and unit objectives. The assessment activities, protocols and grading weights are conducted in accordance with Murdoch University's Assessment Policy (http://www.murdoch.edu.au/index/policies/index?Filter=assessment).
Staff aim to provide helpful and supportive written and oral feedback to students about their learning. Students are encouraged to interact with their peers to support this learning journey.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Teaching Primary and successful completion of all 500 level units and EDN612, EDN613, EDN614 and co-enrolment in EDN611 OR Enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary and successful completion of all 500 level units and EDN612, and two 600 level Curriculum units and co-enrolment in EDN690.
Notes For students beginning their MTeach (Primary) or MTeach (Secondary) in 2019 this unit will be held in AW1 in 2020)
Previously 2015: 'Introduction to Research for Teachers'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Teaching (Primary) (MTeachPrim) [New in 2015]
Master of Teaching (Secondary) (MTeach(Sec))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Arman Abednia
P/T Teaching Casual

e: Arman.Abednia@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: AW1-External
MURDOCH: AW1-Internal
Dr Arman Abednia
P/T Teaching Casual

e: Arman.Abednia@murdoch.edu.au
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