EDF4107 - Researching teaching and learning - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Alan Reid


Judith Williams

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Term 1 2018 (On-campus block of classes)




This unit builds students' capacity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn, teaching and learning theory and practice, and the implications in varied educational contexts. Students explore principles, approaches and methods for conducting and applying educational research. They investigate issues such as what 'counts' as research, where research can occur, what is to be researched, how research can be undertaken, why research is important and what constitutes a research community in the context of their particular discipline and specialisation. They learn how to generate and use data ethically to inform their educational work and develop an evidence base for this work.


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

  1. understand the purposes, principles and approaches in educational research
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how research may support professional learning and contribute to practice
  3. explore and explain varied approaches to research that address complex problems relevant to particular practice
  4. demonstrate an awareness of ethical and pragmatic issues associated with undertaking research in a range of educational settings pertinent to their specialisation
  5. appreciate the importance of educational inquiry for improving professional practice and student learning
  6. develop and write a research plan and proposal.


Research narrative (1600 words, 40%)

Research proposal (2400 words, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:
    • one intensive weekend block
    • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term
  2. Additional requirements for all students:
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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