Applied Research Methods in Education
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At the completion of this course you should be able to:
1.1 Apply an advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of a research question and its relationship to the aims and objectives of an educational research study
1.2 Use analytical tools and research literature to critique an educational research article in an area of professional relevance.
1.3 Critically evaluate a range of research techniques and apply these techniques to a chosen educational area of study.
1.4 Review, critique and apply research literature and methodologies in preparation for the writing of a research proposal within an educational setting.
1.5 Plan and reflect critically on an initial research proposal within an educational setting
- 1. Applicability of research within Education
- 2. Research design – epistemology, theoretical perspective, mythology, methods
- 3. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods
- 4. Critiquing literature
- 5. Data collection, Data Analysis
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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This course will provide students with an introductory overview on qualitative and quantitative research methods. The course focuses initially on exploring the nature of a research question and its relationship to the aims and objectives of a research study. Next, the course provides students with the tools and background to critique a research article in an area of professional relevance. The course enables students to critically evaluate a range of research techniques and how they would apply these techniques to a chosen area of study. Finally, students will review and critique literature and methodologies in preparation for the writing of a research proposal within an educational setting.
Written paper (20%) -Students are required to choose either the qualitative or quantitative research design and for that design briefly outline (1000 words excluding references): • The nature of the design • Data collection techniques • Data analysis • Strengths and benefits • Weaknesses and challenges • Outline a possible research question and up to 4 sub-questions • Rationale (why the project is significant) Critique (30%) - Students are required to submit a critical review (1200 words excluding references) of a recently published research article. They are encouraged to locate a published research article from a field of education that interests them; either for its applicability to their professional work or for its relevance to their own developing research interests. Format: Essay Research Proposal (50%) -A Research Proposal explains the why and how of the research. For the final assignment a 3000-word written proposal detailing a potential research project is required.
- Rationale: This task builds on the Early Feedback activity and invites students to formalise the research approach to their proposed research project and present a possible research area of interest. (20%)
- Rationale: This task provides students with the opportunity to critique an article in their professional area of interest. (30%)
- Rationale: This task provides students with the opportunity to critique an article in their professional area of interest. (50%)
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