EDUC5662 Action Research and Curriculum Innovation

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces practising educators to the process of conducting action research in their own teaching programs. The focus is not on theoretical aspects of education research or on specific curriculum content or context, but on action research as a mechanism for designing and conducting classroom-based research. Students design a curriculum project for a specific group of students, whether in a particular learning area or cross-curricular, or to use in an existing curriculum package. Past experience has shown that this type of project is not well suited to learning areas which focus on basic skills (e.g. keyboard, word processing, motor skill training). The curriculum development aspect of the action research enquiry could entail planning for individual student contracts, group research projects, problem-based learning or cross-curricular approaches to integrated projects. Students design an action-research plan which is integral to their curriculum package including identifying what counts as data, how it might be collected and how it might be interpreted to prepare for the next cycle of action research enquiry.
Students are able to (1) understand and apply the principles of action research relevant to their own professional context; (2) review and evaluate critically current perspectives on curriculum innovation and design; (3) review and select appropriate models of teaching and learning; (4) construct a curriculum package which incorporates a rationale, a structured learning sequence, together with appropriate assessment components; and (5) develop an action research design to implement the package, defining what counts as data and how it will be collected.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) part A—an action-research plan to be handed in at the end of week 5 or within three weeks of delivery of compressed mode courses (30 per cent) and (2) part B—curriculum package to be handed in at the end of the semester or the final assessment date for compressed mode courses (70 per cent). There is no examination in this unit. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education (31390)
a master's degree in education
Advisable prior study:
completion of a pre-service teacher education qualification and relevant professional experience
EDUC5631 Approaches to Research (formerly EDUC8631 Approaches to Research)
EDUC5678 Improving Learning and Teaching in the Curriculum (formerly EDUC5678 Curriculum Context, Development and Innovation)
Contact hours
25 hours (compressed unit)

Mertler, C. A. Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom: Sage Publications 2006

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