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EDUC5633 Educational Research Analysis

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit provides an in depth examination of the analysis of different types of data used in educational research. There are four sections (1) the nature and analysis of quantitative data; (2) the nature and analysis of qualitative data; (3) consideration of rigour in data analysis (e.g., reliability and validity for quantitative data and credibility and triangulation for qualitative data); and (4) consideration of ethical issues when using quantitative and qualitative data.
Students are able to (1) examine the types of data used in educational research; (2) critique techniques for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; (3) interpret and present the results of data analysis in an appropriate format; and (4) develop an in depth understanding of ethical issues in quantitative and qualitative data sources, analysis and reporting.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) analysis and written report of sample qualitative and quantitative data and (2) ethics report. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Chapman
Unit rules
EDUC5631 Approaches to Research must be taken before or concurrently with this unit.
Advisable prior study:
EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research); or EDUC9643 Master's Thesis Phase I or equivalent
Contact hours
Up to 30 hours

Creswell, JW & JD (2017) Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches, 5th edn SAGE


Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research Creswell, John W. and Guetterman, Timothy C., author. 6th edition, New York, NY, Pearson; 2019

Social Research Methods, Bryman, Alan, 5th edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press; 2016

Planning your Qualitative Research Thesis and Project: An introduction to Interpretivist Research in Education and the Social Sciences, O'Donoghue, Tom, 2nd edition London, New York, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group; 2019

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