EDUC5631 Approaches to Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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 and Professor Tom O'Donoghue
Unit rules
enrolment in one of the following courses: Master of Educational Leadership (30520); Master of Education (30580); Graduate Diploma in Professional Education (31310); Graduate Diploma in Educational Assessment; Master of Education (31500); Master of Teaching (31520); Master of Education in Assessment, Measurement and Evaulation (31530); Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (31560); Master of Educational Studies (31600); Master of Special Education (31620); Master of Education in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation (31630); Master of Educational Leadership (31650); Master of Education (31670); Master of Education (31700); Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310); Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (32320); Master of Curriculum Studies (32510); Master of School Leadership (32520)
Contact hours
25 hours compressed mode over 4 full days; offshore as required
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-1A-2020]

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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