EDUC5634 Qualitative Inquiry
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Non-standard teaching period Singapore Face to face
- This unit gives an overview of present day qualitative research methods. It includes historical background, the philosophical context and paradigm considerations. It focuses particularly on design and strategy in qualitative research and on the collection and analysis of qualitative data. It also covers developing and writing qualitative research proposals and writing qualitative research reports.
- Students are able to (1) understand the background to the present day emphasis on qualitative methods in educational research; (2) appreciate the diversity and complexity of qualitative empirical inquiry; (3) understand the role of philosophical issues in qualitative inquiry; (4) understand the main strategies and designs for qualitative research; (5) apply the different methods of collecting and analysing qualitative empirical materials; and (6) demonstrate an understanding of how to write a qualitative research proposal.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a 500-word overview of the formulation of a research question and development of an appropriate qualitative research design and (2) a 4500-word paper that demonstrates understanding of, and ability to employ, qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on analysis of qualitative data. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Tom O'Donoghue and Professor Simon Clarke
- Unit rules
- Advisable prior study:
- EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research);
EDUC9643 Master's Thesis Phase I
- Contact hours
- 25 hours
O'Donoghue, T. Planning Your Qualitative Research Project: a Beginners' Guide to Research in Education: Routledge 2007
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