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Subject details

  • Topics
    • An introduction to educational and social research: different perspectives
    • The context of research: use and abuse
    • Knowing a field of inquiry: the literature and literature reviews
    • What's the problem? Research design and the qualitative-quantitative approaches
    • Ethics in research
    • Can quantitative research tell the whole story?
    • How credible is qualitative research?
    • Interpreting and evaluating education research
    • Content/thematic analysis and analytical perspectives
    • Communicating research
    • So, what is research?
    • Review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. independently access, interpret and synthesise research
  2. evaluate educational research design, methodologies, methods and findings from different perspectives
  3. communicate research findings using appropriate scholarly conventions
  4. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Assignment 1 - Literature Review (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research evaluation (50%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

This subject provides an introduction to educational and social research. Students will examine and evaluate: research as a social, cultural and political practice, qualitative and quantitative research paradigms, and approaches to the design and presentation of educational research. Students will learn ways to interpret, evaluate, conduct and communicate research.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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