Study of the theory, philosophy and practice of research in education, including a critical analysis of selected quantitative and qualitative methodologies and of historical, philosophical and sociological approaches to disciplined inquiry in education.
"Show me the data!" Whether you want to present a convincing case, evaluate if an argument is sound, explore or analyse an issue, you need data. This paper will teach you the fundamentals of research in education: the what it is, why we need it, when to use it, and how to conduct it and communicate it.
|Paper title||Research Methods in Education|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 200-level EDUC, PSYC or SOCI paper
- EDUC 407, EDUX 351, EDUX 407
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Although quantitative and qualitative methods are covered, no formal background in either is needed.
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Karen Nairn, Associate Professor Albert Liau, Dr Mustafa Asil
- A selection of recommended readings will be included in the course outline.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information
literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Upon successful completion of this paper, students will
- Understand the scientific method and how it applies to research in education, in terms of philosophical and applied knowledge that will form a basis for their own research
- Understand quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches to conducting research
- Be able to critically search, read and use educational research literature
- Have experience in constructing questionnaire and interview items
- Understand how to develop research questions and testable hypotheses
- Be able to interpret and write results using APA style
- Understand the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for research in New Zealand contexts and that there are MÄori-preferred strategies for research
- Understand the differences among and the strengths and limitations of particular approaches to research in order to choose appropriate research designs