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Unit Overview


This unit explores in more depth the methodological approaches appropriate to students' areas of study. In particular, it focuses on qualitative and quantitative methods. Attention is also given to philosophical, historical and comparative approaches to research, and to bringing perspectives from these approaches to bear even when the main approach is qualitative or quantitative.

12 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) select a substantive topic or phenomenon of personal/professional interest within the broad area of education; (2) clarify their research question; (3) identify the conceptual framework, theory or theories (if applicable) and hypotheses (if applicable); (4) identify guiding questions and data-gathering questions (if applicable); (5) outline in detail the methods appropriate to the study, the design (strategy), sample and sampling (if applicable); (6) outline the data collection and data analysis approaches; (7) detail the significance of the study; and (8) consider the limitations and delimitations of the study.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: an 8000-word paper. 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)
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
offered in compressed mode of 25 hours

Individual lecturers will supply an appropriate list of texts.

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