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Unit Overview


In this unit pre-service teachers undertake a formal honours project. The research project extends their knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in their chosen Primary Specialisation. This is an action research project that investigates and reports on a planned intervention in an educational setting. The objective of this unit is to develop pre-service teachers' understanding of the research process, to develop their capacity to conduct independent research in a school-setting, to build their skills in identifying areas for improvement in professional practice, use and reflect on an appropriate methodology, analyse results and use evidence to make decisions and design, manage and complete a dissertation that meets all scholarly and ethical standards. This is a supervised action research project that will be examined by two independent academics. It is expected that no more than 5 days in schools is required to undertake the necessary research activities. Students are strongly encouraged to contact and meet with (virtually or in person) their supervisor/s at least once/fortnight. Class drop-in sessions are scheduled via Teams to provide further support and advice. The dissertation project aligns with Level 8 TEQSA criteria.

24 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) identify and critically evaluate research literature and other sources of information in their chosen Primary specialisation; (2) justify a pedagogical approach appropriate to their chosen Primary specialisation; (3) design and complete an original educational research project that draws on an appropriate conceptual and/or methodology and research tools and that meets ethical and scholarly standards; (4) report, analyse, synthesise and evaluate results and draw appropriate conclusions; and (5) convey and discuss complex ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Part 1: A project proposal and literature review and (2) part 2: Dissertation based on an original Action Research project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the Part 1: A project proposal and literature review component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.