EDF5613 - Research approaches in education - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Scott Bulfin (Semester 1)

Professor Jeffrey Brooks (Term 1)

Professor Helen Watt (Term 3)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Term 1 2017 (Flexible)
  • Term 3 2017 (Flexible)


This is an intensive unit that introduces students to research in education. Students learn the language of research, understand the ethical implications of research decisions and learn how the elements of research design work together for robust outcomes. This unit is the prerequisite for EDF5614 (Research project in education), and students undergo a scaffolded transition into their own research project.


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

  1. locate their research interest within broader research perspectives and methodologies in the field of education and social sciences
  2. formulate research questions that are congruent with a chosen research approach
  3. design ways to generate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data that are congruent with specific research questions
  4. use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures
  5. justify proposed research through scholarly and critical discussion.


Research plan (2000 words, 25%)

Research proposal (4000 words, 50%)

Research poster (2000 words equivalent, 25%)

Students enrolled in D3701 Bachelor of Education (Honours) complete the following assessment tasks:

Research proposal (4000 words, 50%)

Depth paper (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers students intensive blocks of teaching to supplement self-directed learning activities and assessment in a supported way.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 36 hours equivalent of learning activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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