Research Methodology

10 Units

Provides an introduction to research methodologies in education, both qualitative and quantitative. The subject introduces students to contemporary perspectives in educational research, and in particular focuses on developing a range of skills involved in formulating a research proposal; including framing research questions, reviewing the literature and choosing appropriate methodologies for different types of study. The ways in which researchers from different research traditions use the different methods of collecting research data (for example, interview, questionnaire and observation) will be included. As the subject is intended to prepare students either for a research thesis or an industry-based project, some preliminary work on the development and administration of a research instrument (e.g., a questionnaire or an interview) is included.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Search for, select and critically analyse research articles and papers
  2. Prepare a literature review
  3. Formulate and evaluate research questions
  4. Develop a research proposal or industry project plan
  5. Gain experience with instrument development and data collection methods
  6. Gain experience with ethics proposals

Educational research methodologies to be discussed will include a range of research traditions and designs: descriptive, survey, experimental, quasi-experimental, phenomenology, life history and biography, case study research, ethnographic research and grounded theory. The role of the practitioner is explored including action research. Students will be encouraged to develop their own research and/or project interests and to design a research instrument.

Assessment Items
  • Literature Review: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Materials
  • Educational Research
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6048
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