EDUC9971 Doctoral Research Scoping Project

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
This unit equips Doctor of Education students to develop a conceptual and contextual framework relevant to their research projects. Particular emphasis is placed on highlighting the main research issues in the field of study, identifying the discourses that shape the field of enquiry, and the ways in which questions have previously been addressed in the field. Students are required to locate their study in international, national and local contexts of history and policy formation and implementation. Students also use the first two frames to identify and to review critically empirical literature relevant to their fields of study. The approach in the unit is generic and the content can be applied to various levels of the education system, to different sectors and to various educational contexts.
Students are able to (1) develop a conceptual framework for addressing a substantive topic or phenomenon of personal/professional interest within the broad area of education and (2) locate this topic or phenomenon within the relevant bodies of theoretically contextual and empirical literature in a logical manner, showing the interrelationships between the major components and subcomponents.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: final 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 (15/16 and 22/23 June, 2019)

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

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