EDUC9973 Research Paradigms: Doctoral Project Report

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
This unit considers the major research paradigms underpinning educational research. Emphasis is placed on highlighting implications for the statement of research questions, methodological approaches which can be adopted, approaches to testing and/or developing theory, and contributions to practice. Particular consideration is given to implications for the development of research proposals.
Students are able to (1) have a basic understanding of the paradigms of positivism, post-positivism, interpretivism, critical theory, post-structuralism and postmodernism; (2) understand the various frameworks which help them to develop a research proposal; (3) understand the main components to a research proposal; and (4) know the ethics procedures for doing research for the Doctor of Education (30810).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: project proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Elaine Chapman and Professor Tom O'Donoghue
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
Compressed offering. 13, 14 and 20 and 21 July

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