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Research for Teaching (EDN616)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: AU7-internal, AU7-external
Description Introduces Master of Teaching students to research. Key knowledge, skills and applications include: Reading scholarly literature and analysing published research pertaining to teaching; searching library databases and identifying relevant literature to a research topic; critically analysing arguments from literature that relates to a research question/topic; identifying appropriate methodological approaches for different research purposes; reflecting on the role of research in education and teaching. This unit also develops university graduate attributes.
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. Understand research principles applicable to the field of education
2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and apply it to practice
3. Demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative skills necessary to investigate and analyse complex information
4. Apply their knowledge and skills acquired during the course to plan and implement a research-based project
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the APST in identifying professional learning needs
6. Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning
8. Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers' professional knowledge and practice
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 6 x 2 hour on-campus sessions during teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is an introduction to research for teachers. 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), successful completion of all 500 level units, EDN612 Diversity and inclusion, EDN613 Integrated Curriculum in Primary Schools, and successful completion or co-enrolment in EDN614 Science in the Primary Curriculum, and co-enrolment in EDN611 Professional Experience: Differentiation within Diverse Contexts.
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:
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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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