Reading Educational Research

Subject EDUC90620 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 04-Mar-2015 to 29-Apr-2015
Assessment Period End 29-May-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 16-Mar-2015
Census Date 27-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-May-2015

August, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 15-Aug-2015 to 10-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 26-Aug-2015
Census Date 04-Sep-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Oct-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 Semester 1 availability: 8 X 3 hr weekly classes, Wednesday 5.15-8.15; August availability: 4 X 6hr Saturday classes.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Dianne Mulcahy, Dr Russell Cross


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Call: 13 MELB (13 6352)

  • Russell Cross is subject coordinator in semester 1
  • Dianne Mulcahy is the coordinator of the August availability

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to various traditions in educational research. It will be structured around an investigation of several major research projects in education, analysing the research questions, the conceptual framework, the methodological decisions made, reliability, validity and ethical considerations, the analytical techniques, and the conclusions reached. The projects for investigation will be chosen to highlight contrasting ways of undertaking educational research.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  • Understand the purposes to which different educational research methodologies can be put;
  • Realise the importance of a coherent research design with purpose, methodology and analytical framework in alignment;
  • Read reports of educational research in various traditions with understanding;
  • Read educational research with critical awareness of its strengths and limitations.

There are two assessment tasks:

  • Reader response: Critical review of research article, up to 2000 words. Due mid semester (40%)
  • Comparative evaluation of research approaches to an educational issue, up to 3000 words. Due Examination period (60%)

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.

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed text:
O'Toole, J., & Beckett, D. (2010). Educational Research - Creative Thinking & Doing (2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Recommended text:
Kervin, L., Vialle, W. J., Herrington, J. A., & Okely, A. D. (2006). Research for educators. Melbourne, Australia: Thomson Learning.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students will be able to;

  • Understand a range of research practices more fully;
  • Understand the dependence of research results on the methodology and analytical framework employed.
  • Read academic work with an increased critical capacity.
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