Recent Approaches to Research/Evaluation

Subject EDUC90718 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours total time commitment

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is preferable to have completed EDUC90713 Program Evaluation: Forms and Approaches prior to commencement of this subject.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to present recent approaches used within various types of research and ‘early-stage’ or developmental evaluations. Topics include: Needs Assessment; Literature Syntheses; Action Research; Participatory Research/Evaluation, and; Appreciative Inquiry. These activities can assist with decision-making about programs and policy development.

Cutting-edge techniques used in association with these approaches will also be introduced and practised. Methods to be covered include: The Nominal Group Technique; Ideawriting; Most Significant Change Technique; Search Conferences; and Photo Language. Exercises will draw on real examples of research and evaluation practice.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

• understand various forms of small-scale research and evaluation needed for program design, development of programs and program improvement;
•choose appropriate approaches to answer particular research and evaluation questions;
• understand the theory underpinning various approaches and techniques;
•apply each of the techniques presented through practice; and
•write research and evaluation reports that incorporate these approaches.


There are three pieces of assessment:

  • Written task of 1500 words due in Week 4 (30% );
  • Written task of 3000 words due at the end of the subject (60%);
  • Class or forum participation throughout the semester (10%).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation

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