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Mixed Methods and Quantitative Research (EDN781)

School School of Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description In this unit participants will examine the theory and practice of mixed methods and quantitative research, and learn how to design studies incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data sources. Topics will include the nature and purpose of mixed methods approaches, philosophical assumptions, strengths and limitations of mixed method designs and approaches to data analysis. Workshops will include the use of computer software in data analysis and interpretation of empirical results.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit participants will be able to:
1. Understand the theoretical and practical bases for mixed methods and quantitative research
2. Appreciate the strengths and limitations of quantitative and mixed methods approaches to research
3. Demonstrate how to carry out basic quantitative analyses using computer software
4. Demonstrate how to interpret the findings of mixed methods and quantitative research and critique representative research studies
5. Apply the principles of mixed methods design to chosen research questions
6. Reflect on research topics of interest and the suitability of mixed methods and quantitative designs.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit is taught in weekly seminar sessions (including lecture, activities and group discussion) for total of 30 hours. External students will have access to the seminars through LMS and designated off campus activities.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is student-centred and collaborative. Lectures provide essential conceptual background, workshops and online discussion provide opportunity for discussion of ideas, readings and experiences and consideration of practical implications of mixed method approaches. Activities will allow for development of skills relevant to mixed methods and quantitative analysis. Participants can choose to focus on an area of interest in designing a research study.

Other Learning Experiences Reading, activities and assignment work of about 120 hours.

This unit is taught in weekly seminar sessions (including lecture, activities and group discussion) for total of 30 hours. External students will have access to the seminars through LMS and designated off campus activities.
Assessment The assessment items allow participants to articulate their understanding of mixed methods and demonstrate how to apply the principles in research tasks, evaluation of previous research and a design proposal. Feedback will be provided at each assessment point.
Prerequisites EDU610 / EDU603 Introduction to Research for Educators OR permission of Unit Coordinator.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Education (Research) (MEd(Res))
Doctor of Education (EdD)
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
EDN781
Associate Professor Judy MacCallum
Associate Professor - Educational Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7847
e: J.MacCallum@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.004 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
EDN781

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Judy MacCallum
Associate Professor - Educational Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7847
e: J.MacCallum@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.004 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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