Research-Based Inquiry to Enhance Practice - 2018

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Unit summary

MTS505

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Exercise (50%) , Essay (50%)

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2018 Fees
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Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit introduces fundamental concepts in educational research, and explores how research can guide improvement of teaching and curriculum. Approaches to data collection, analysis, interpretation and communication are examined, and processes for ensuring research is valid, reliable, and ethical are reviewed. The unit explores strategies for incorporating research processes into plans for the enhancement of teaching practice and educational leadership. Pre-service teachers will source and review relevant literature and design a small-scale research-based inquiry that investigates an area of educational knowledge or practice of particular interest, drawn from the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. appraise educational research processes as a means of enhancing and leading practice
  2. identify and scrutinise relevant literature on an area of educational practice selected for personal professional learning
  3. design a small-scale research-based inquiry based on the identified focus for professional learning.
  • Assignment — Exercise (50%)
  • Essay (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Developing Professional Learning Environments/Teacher Professional Development
2Introduction to Action Research
3Writing the literature Review: Accessing the Appropriate Data-Bases
4Action Research Methods: Overview
5Action Research Methods: Data Collection
6Ethics in Education
7Action Research Methods: Data Analysis
8Action Research Methods: Interpreting results, making teaching and research decisions
9Professionalism in Teaching: Global Trends
10Australian Professional Standards for Teaching
11Taking Action
12Taking Action: Challenges for Teaching Professionals
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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