Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit will examine various examples of research practices in education to identify the common elements, language and concepts used to describe the process and purposes of educational research. The unit will investigate several paradigms used to drive and direct research. It will also critically examine various issues such as ethics, cost and time constraints faced by researchers in selecting and developing their problem and methodology, including Christian perspectives of faith, reason and justice.

The unit will cover a broad range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches to researching educational questions and problems, and guide students in how to identify and select the best approach when planning to undertake research. The unit will also cover how research reports are written and the processes for critically reading and interpreting research reports. Students will be guided through the process of identifying a research focus, formulating a research question or problem and designing an appropriate research approach to address it, that considers the ethical issues and constraints, including Christian perspectives, that are relevant to the design.

This unit prepares students for undertaking a finite and feasible piece of research for the research project in unit RP994.512.

This unit is delivered as a split intensive. The class will meet for two intensives, one per school term with the ability to communicate to your peers and lecturer electronically in-between. All learning will happen through your readings and in a face-to-face setting.

Teaching Strategies

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.