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EDF6865 - Understanding research

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education


Clayton Term 4 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit focuses on research and how to read research texts in order to understand and evaluate them critically. The unit is based on the assumption that research is perspective dependent. Research texts covering different approaches constitute the ground for critical analysis and interrogation.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Enhance learners' initial understanding of research;
  2. View differences in ways in which people understand and approach research;
  3. Critically read examples of research; and
  4. Plan for a potential or anticipated research project


Written tasks (80%); Short essay (600 words); Extended essay (1200 words) with peer review provided; Essay on research possibilities, discussing three ways of investigating your problem/topic (800 words); Research plan (5000 words); Participation in class discussion: 10%; and Working group contribution: 10%


EDF6860, EDF6861, EDF6862, EDF6863, EDF6864