Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit focuses on requirements for the effective execution of a research design as a means of collecting data to facilitate meaning-making. Research is fundamental to generating authentic, new and timely knowledge, so as to guide and inform policies and practices. Students are made aware of the implications of relevant sociocultural and ethical contexts on how meaning is interpreted. Qualitative and quantitative data are considered, when they are gathered separately in different research studies, as well as when they are gathered sequentially or simultaneously in the same research study. Discussions focus on 'traditional' research methods (such as surveys) and emerging ones (such as videos and photographs) in physical or virtual forms of research representation. Students develop their research skills through evaluative work on prior, related studies, as well as have the opportunity to consider the data collection process in response to a specific concern of relevance to their respective professional or educational contexts.


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

  1. identify priorities for research in education for sustainability, the traditions of inquiry that frame the research question, and the forms of research data such as quantitative and qualitative evidence best associated with them
  2. understand the many ways in which 'data' can be generated, and appreciate the potential value and limitations of such data and their specific qualities or characteristics
  3. communicate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative data and evidence generated through a mix of methods
  4. critically scrutinise research data collected in prior studies relating to a professional or educational issue
  5. assess the potential and implications of a data collection process in a professional or educational context of relevance.


Slide presentation online (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Critical review of data employed in prior research around selected themes (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per term comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 24 hours of directed online activities per term

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 120 hours of independent study per term

See also Unit timetable information


72 credit points in Master of Education for Sustainability