Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Neil Selwyn


This unit builds on EDF2803 Learning and researching in work-related contexts, to introduce students to the notion of different perspectives or paradigms in adult and workplace learning research. Students will be exposed to key concepts, traditions and methodologies in research, including positivism, interpretivism and alternative approaches to knowledge production. The unit extends students' appreciation of research as having different forms and purposes, and being constructed through different theoretical and methodological frameworks.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed:

  1. a stronger appreciation of research as a process of knowledge production and its relevance to practice in adult and workplace education,
  2. a broad understanding of research perspectives and approaches,
  3. an awareness of their own positions in relation to different research traditions and methodologies, and
  4. an appreciation of the research craft, including research design, methods, ethical principles and presentation.


Assignment 1: Research proposal (40%); and
Assignment 2: Research portfolio (60%)

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Contact hours

18 contact hours and 6 hours of online activity per semester plus an average of 10 hours per week in self-directed study