Teacher as Researcher - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Essay Literature review (30%) , Assignment 2 - Exercise ethics (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Reflective and analytic skills required to critically examine educational practices, particularly in relation to curricula, school programs and teaching and assessment practices. Knowledge and skills related to action research and development of an action learning study.

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

  1. analyse the basic principles of early/middle childhood and secondary education that underpin effective curriculum planning, design, development and evaluation for successful student learning outcomes
  2. identify an aspect of professional practice from a teacher’s perspective to examine and explore in more detail
  3. identify and apply the purposes and processes of classroom-based action learning as a means of enhancing practice
  4. identify and review relevant professional reading to inform and support an action learning study/project
  5. design and apply an action learning study/project.
  • Assignment 1 — Essay Literature review (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Exercise ethics (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Research plan (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

  • One of the following two units:

    • EDE304 — Professional Practice (Years 1-3)
    • EDP325 — Professional Practice in Primary Education

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You must complete Level 1, 2 and 3 Education studies before commencing this unit. PLEASE NOTE: Only students admitted to the course may enrol.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Action learning overview - research question
2Literature review
3Accessing scholarly databases
4Project design, ethics
5Action learning plan
6Action learning data collection
7Action learning data analysis
8Data collection
9Data collection/report writing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Action Research

    By:Ernest T. Stringer

    ISBN: 9781452205083


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