Realising Sustainable Middle Years Reform - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Presentation - Annotated Research Proposal (40%) , Review - Literature Review and Research (60%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

This unit will assist students to identify a research topic based in the middle years of schooling and to develop a proposal based around that topic. In accomplishing this, an emphasis will be placed on educational research literature bases in a variety of discipline areas such as educational psychology, the sociology of education and educational philosophy. Topics chosen will relate to the underpinning principles of middle schooling including, but not limited to, middle years philosophy, middle years curriculum, middle years pedagogy, school reform and school culture.

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

  1. identify an appropriate research question or topic within the middle years of schooling
  2. frame an appropriate research question or topic in order to investigate this area and/or issue
  3. explore the significance of the topic in terms of timeliness, theoretical and practical significance
  4. undertake an appropriate review of literature in the field in order to demonstrate an awareness of related research in the area
  5. identify an appropriate theoretical framework and research design to explore the topic
  6. write a literature review with a draft proposal that will form the basis for undertaking EDN704 Action Research in the Middle Years.
  • Presentation — Annotated Research Proposal (40%)
  • Review — Literature Review and Research (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDN103 — Realising Sustainable Middle Years

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials

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.

1Introduction to the unit, the middle years: what's all about?
2Challenges of and processes for middle years reform
3Identifying research issues/questions
4Linking research issues with appropriate middle years literature
5Linking research issues with appropriate research literature
6Student presentation on research issue/question
7Critical analysis (group discussion) of research issues/questions
8Ethical considerations
9Thinking about theories and paradigms and research design for action research projects
10Individual consultation on proposals
11Group discussion of issues arising from individual project proposals
12Looking towards implementation: when and how of implementation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

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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