Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the unit, the middle years: what's all about?
    • Challenges of and processes for middle years reform
    • Identifying research issues/questions
    • Linking research issues with appropriate middle years literature
    • Linking research issues with appropriate research literature
    • Student presentation on research issue/question
    • Critical analysis (group discussion) of research issues/questions
    • Ethical considerations
    • Thinking about theories and paradigms and research design for action research projects
    • Individual consultation on proposals
    • Group discussion of issues arising from individual project proposals
    • Looking towards implementation: when and how of implementation
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Literature Review and Research (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - Annotated Research Proposal (40%)

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

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • GRF-EDN103
  • GRF-EDMY103

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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