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Introduction to Research for Educators (EDU610)

School School of Education
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, 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 The outcomes of this unit aim to:

1. introduce you to some key methodological issues in educational research, and to provide opportunities to examine different strategies for conducting research that is systematic, credible and ethical.
2. provide opportunities for you to begin to participate in the educational research community by engaging with the research of others, and talking with peers about your emerging understandings about research.
3. support educators /postgraduate students as they develop their research skills (educators at all levels, including early childhood educators, primary and secondary school teachers, tertiary level educators, education administrators and those working in non-formal and informal education settings).

More specifically, the Unit's objectives are to:

4. Initiate discussions about the scope, purpose and quality of research in education.
5. Develop theoretical understandings of the research process and activities to conduct high-quality research.
6. Encourage deep and thoughtful engagement with the field of research in education via critical analysis of published research literature and academic reports.
7. Understand some 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%).
Participation: Internal: Engagement in on-campus sessions & LMS postings OR External: LMS postings (10%).
Final Exam (30%).
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
Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary and Workplace) (GradDipEd)
Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
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
EDU610
Dr Wendy Cumming-Potvin
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2192
e: W.Cumming-Potvin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
EDU610

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Wendy Cumming-Potvin
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2192
e: W.Cumming-Potvin@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.021 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
EDU610

DUBAI-ISC: TJD-Internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-Internal
Dr Peter Wright
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2242
e: P.Wright@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.007 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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