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EDR9002 Foundations of Contemporary Education Research Methods

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Henriette van Rensburg


Pre-requisite: EDU8602


Rigorous and systematic educational research requires a proficient understanding of the principles and practices of philosophy and ethics, methodologies and data analyses. This course is intended to provide those involved in education with the intellectual foundations needed to generate, analyse, and evaluate research data and reports. Communication and reporting research is fundamental to the usefulness of research processes and outcomes, and therefore researchers must know how to critically understand their own research endeavours and those of others.

This courses develops students' understanding of philosophical debates about major approaches to research in educational contexts. Students learn about the philosophical, ethical, theoretical, methodological and technical foundations of educational research. Students are introduced to a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. To be successful in this course, students should have knowledge of and skills for searching and critically analysing research literature, and an open-minded disposition to discovering new ways of generating knowledge through research. The course involves comprehensive reading and analysis of methodological literature, self-assessment and reflective activities, and peer-to-peer engagement.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. apply philosophical, ethical, and methodological principles and practices to research issues, problems, and questions in educational contexts;
  2. critically analyse the applicability of quantitative and qualitative methodologies for their applicability in research in different educational contexts;
  3. articulate how principles and practices of educational research should be applied to the formulation of research questions and designing plans for data collection and analyses;
  4. propose and support a design for conducting educational research;
  5. communicate and report research in the scholarly discourse and literacies of research.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Context and Philosophy of Educational Research 15.00
2. Planning Ethical Research 10.00
3. Research design and methodologies 20.00
4. Research and the Creation of New Knowledge 20.00
5. Data Collection and Analysis 20.00
6. Reporting and Communication 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Cohen, L, Manion, L & Morrison, K 2018, Research methods in Education, 8th edn, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, UK.

Assessment details

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Date printed 27 June 2022