Principia Methodologica: Theory and methodology in educational research

10 Units

The purpose of this course is to serve as an introduction to the intellectual traditions which ground research in education and the social professions generally. Primary grounding will be developed from the philosophy and history of the social sciences, with a strong additional point of departure building from the history and philosophy of science more generally.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered


This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. examine and discuss a range of philosophical approaches to foundational issues in educational research;
  2. critically engage in debates on the philosophical premises of differing research methodological traditions;
  3. articulate a coherent philosophical basis for the methodological choices made in the construction of educational research; and
  4. demonstrate cogent reasoning and understanding of the philosophy of educational research.

The following questions are foundational to the content of the course:

  • What are the methodological consequences of specific ontological and epistemological positions?
  • What central methodological tenets and virtues are implied by differing philosophical positions?
  • How do we understanding the relationship between the intended audience of research production and its philosophical foundation?
  • What is the place of the normative in the production of educational research?
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1 50% A 2500 word philosophical analysis of a selected exemplar of educational research, with specific focus on its ontological, epistemological and ethical commitments.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 2 50% A 2500 word critical position paper articulating the philosophical rationale for a proposed research project and its methodology.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6295

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