EDUC5631 Approaches to Research

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit provides an introduction to research methods (quantitative and qualitative). There are four sections: (1) the nature and historical background of research in education; (2) an overview of quantitative research methods; (3) an overview of qualitative research methods; and (4) proposal development and the writing of research reports, with emphasis on master's major paper and theses.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a broad understanding of the nature of research in education; (2) demonstrate a broad understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods; and (3) write a high quality research proposal for a master's level project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) empirical research proposal and (2) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Chapman
Contact hours
25 hours compressed mode over 4 full days; offshore as required

Punch, K. F. Introduction to Research Methods in Education: Sage 2009


Neuman, W. L. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative, 4th edn: Allyn and Bacon 2000

In lectures students are introduced to resources dealing with the various aspects of the field of education studies. They become familiar with the location of relevant books, encyclopedias, handbooks, other reference materials and journals.

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