EDUC9970 Doctoral Research Project Plan

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
This unit reviews the main methods of research in education and enables students to develop the research expertise necessary for the completion of their theses. It covers the review of research and its methods in education; quantitative research methods; qualitative research methods; developing research proposals; and academic writing.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic understanding of the major paradigms in educational research; (2) demonstrate hypothetico-deductive reasoning; (3) demonstrate inductive analysis; (4) execute the major components of a thesis; (5) execute the major components of a research proposal; and (6) demonstrate the ability to adopt conventional styles of academic writing for a thesis.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: an 8000-word paper. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Chapman and Professor Simon Clarke
Unit rules
enrolment in the Doctor of Education (30810)
Advisable prior study:
a master's degree, preferably in education, with evidence of research ability
Contact hours
25 hours (2/3 and 9/10 February, 2019)
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-A-2A-2020]
Offshore teaching period-2020 [TS-OFF-C1-2020]

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

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