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Introduction to Research for Educators (EDU610)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces participants to a range of research methodologies used in educational and social science research. The unit will examine the application of different interpretive frameworks and their implications for research design, data collection and analysis. Participants will develop critical research literacies by both reviewing and planning for research.
Unit Learning Outcomes Having completed the learning and assessment activities, students will be able to:
1. Discuss key methodological issues in educational research and apply different strategies for conducting research that is systematic, credible and ethical.
2. Engage with the research and scholarship of others, articulating the links to a self-designed research proposal.
3. Provide critical feedback to support others to develop their research skills in formal and informal education settings.
4. Initiate discussions about the scope, purpose and quality of research in education.
5. Display theoretical understandings of the research process and activities to conduct high-quality research. 6. Display deep and thoughtful engagement with the field of research in education via critical analysis of published research literature and academic reports.
7. Identify and explain similarities and differences between qualitative and quantitative research designs.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 1 x 3 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 60 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is an introduction to research in education and related disciplines. 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. As a general rule, the average student should commit approximately 20 hours per week per 6 point unit.
Assessment Assignment 1:: Emerging Research Question and Analysis and Comparison of Scholarly articles (30%). Assignment 2: Research Questions & Methodologies (30%), Assignment 3: Video Presentation of a Research Proposal (30%) Participation: Internal: Engagement in on-campus sessions & LMS postings OR External: LMS postings (10%). These tasks provide ample opportunity for students to demonstrate an understanding and application of lifelong learning skills. Staff aim to provide helpful and supportive feedback to students about their learning. Students are encouraged to interact with each other to support their learning journey.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU434/634 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods OR EDU438/638 Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods OR E501 Qualitative Research Methods OR EDU603 Introduction to Research for Educators may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: EDU603
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Criminology Honours (BCrim(Hons))
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))
Doctor of Education (EdD) [Pre 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Timothy Teo

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2119
e: Timothy.Teo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.004 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Timothy Teo

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2119
e: Timothy.Teo@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.004 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

Dr Peter Wright
Associate Professor

e: P.Wright@murdoch.edu.au
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