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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Developing Professional Learning Environments/Teacher Professional Development
    • Introduction to Action Research
    • Writing the literature Review: Accessing the Appropriate Data-Bases
    • Action Research Methods: Overview
    • Action Research Methods: Data Collection
    • Ethics in Education
    • Action Research Methods: Data Analysis
    • Action Research Methods: Interpreting results, making teaching and research decisions
    • Professionalism in Teaching: Global Trends
    • Australian Professional Standards for Teaching
    • Taking Action
    • Taking Action: Challenges for Teaching Professionals
    • Review and Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • FAQs

At the completion of this subject 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 1 - Exercise (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (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

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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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