Research Methods in Education

Subject EDUC90326 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours each part
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


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Subject Overview:

The subject is divided into two parts, Part A and Part B. In Part A, students undertake a common course of study. In Part B, students select one module of study relevant to their proposed thesis topic under the direction of their supervisor. These modules are listed below under Part B. Some Part B modules are only available in semester one. For full details about the delivery on this subject go to Both Part A and Part B must be undertaken in the same semester.

Part A Topics include: research methodologies in education; literature reviews; design decisions in relation to the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; ethical issues in educational research; becoming a critical reader of educational research.

Part B The Part B modules available include Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Methods, Researching Teaching and Learning, Researching Language and Literacy Education and Researching Workplace Education. Note that not all Part B modules are offered every semester.

All students are required to have an officially allocated supervisor prior to enrolment in this subject.

Objectives: Information not available

Part A An essay of 4,000 words (50 per cent).

Part B A paper of 4,000 words presenting a research proposal pertaining to the Part B module (50 per cent). Students undertaking a major thesis of 30,000 words may be required to undertake an oral defence of the research proposal.

Prescribed Texts: Neuman, W.L. (1997). Social Research Methods. 3rd edition. Allyn & Bacon: Boston
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Adolescent Health & Welfare

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