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Unit Overview


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.

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

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 or quantitative data and (2) data analysis 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)
Associate Professor Elaine Chapman
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
EDUC5631 Educational Research Design (formerly EDUC5631/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?

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