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Advanced Qualitative Approaches to Research (EDU743)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit addresses the way that qualitative research strengthens our ways of inquiring into, and understanding the social world. The unit highlights the processes of conceptualising, designing and conducting a qualitative research project through focussing on the practical skills involved in, and thinking behind, a humanistic inquiry. More specifically, we interrogate the way that theory, methodology and research methods interact in multi-modal and pluralistic ways to influence questions asked, methods used, data collected, and processes of sense-making and understanding.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts and processes of qualitative inquiry and how they shape each stage of an investigation.
2. Develop and apply skills in qualitative research design and analyses of qualitative data.
3. Elaborate and practice rigor in relation to your research problem.
4. Evaluate the process of qualitative inquiry according to explicitly articulated and defensible criteria.
5. Use knowledge about conceptual, interpretive and epistemological frameworks to reflect on your own positionality as a researcher and in relation to your own emergent research project.
6. Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate a range of research texts and methodologies.
7. Describe markers of quality in qualitative research.
Timetabled Learning Activities Internal: 3 hours per week (including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops).
Unit Learning Experiences Students will be expected to engage and participate in formal presentations, seminars and tutorials. There will be a combination of group and self-directed learning tasks, including digital learning spaces available through LMS.
Assessment Students will receive feedback from the unit co-ordinator on each of the following assessment tasks. In addition, peer participation and feedback is an essential component of the unit
Assignment 1 - Memos 1-4 - 40%
Assignment 2 - Seminar Presentation - 30%
Assignment 3 - Critical Analytic Essay - 30%
Prerequisites Successful completion of/or concurrent enrolment in EDU603/610 Introduction to Research for Educators, or successful completion of EDU434/F634 Qualitative Research Methods I, or PSY315 Psychology: Qualitative Methods, or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Notes In order to progress to the dissertation component, students must achieve a minimum of 65% across all units, a minimum of 65 % in Research Methodology units and pass the exam.
Previously 2013: 'Qualitative Approaches to Research'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))
Doctor of Education (EdD) [Pre 2014]
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Unit Coordinator
Dr Peter Wright
Associate Professor

e: P.Wright@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Peter Wright
Associate Professor

e: P.Wright@murdoch.edu.au
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