Education Capstone Research Proj. (EC/EY)

Subject EDUC90749 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Feb-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 18-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 31-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Sessions with group supervisor as arranged
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Students must have completed 150 points of study in the Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and EDUC90748 Researching Education Practice

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This is the second of two subjects that all Master of Teaching students complete as part of their Capstone experience. In this subject, students will undertake a semester long research project based on a limited number of topics introduced in ‘Researching Education Practice’. Projects will involve either field based research, a literature review, or the analysis of existing documents or secondary data. The focus of all topics will be on the use of research to inform and improve education practice. Throughout the semester students will receive ongoing supervision from a member of academic staff through campus or early childhood network based group workshops. The Capstone project will culminate with students synthesizing the findings of their research in a written form such as a conference paper, journal article or report. Students will also be expected to report findings to the education community where the research took place.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates should be able to:

  • Carry out a substantial research-based project
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues associated with practitioner research
  • Analyze data and synthesize research findings
  • Report research findings in written and verbal forms
  • Use research findings to advance education theory and practice

There are two assessment tasks:

  • A preliminary report equivalent to 800 words indicating project progress. Due mid-semester (20%)
  • A written task equivalent to 3200 words. Due end of semester (80%)

There is one hurdle requirement:

  • Students will be expected to report findings to the education community where the research took place.

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

O’Toole, J., & Beckett, D. (2010), Educational Research – Creative Thinking & Doing, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills
  • Apply foundational research skills to address a research question
  • Demonstrate planning and time management skills
  • Undertake research independently
  • Demonstrate a capacity to communicate research results clearly, comprehensively and persuasively.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Early Years)

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