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Unit Overview


This unit provides an introduction to education research design using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. There are four sections (1) the nature and historical background of research in education; (2) an overview of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design; (3) proposal development including research problem, research questions; literature review, and data collection and analysis; and (4) consideration of ethical practice in education research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) develop a critical understanding of the nature of research in education; (2) analyse approaches to quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design; (3) critique quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs; (4) develop a broad critical understanding of the nature of research in education including ontologies and epistemologies; and (5) write a research proposal.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical analysis of a) qualitative research study and b) quantitative research study and (2) proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Chapman
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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