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EDUC407 Researching Educational Issues

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, sociological and Māori preferred approaches to disciplined inquiry in education.

This paper is the only introductory research method paper offered at the College of Education and focuses on enhancing understandings of quantitative and qualitative research methods and concepts. Students will participate in both regular online 'community' discussions and 'hands-on' exercises and group projects. This paper is good preparation for future academic research or work as a teaching practitioner. No prior knowledge of statistics or research methods is required to take this paper.

Paper title Researching Educational Issues
Paper code EDUC407
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,076.55
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,267.52

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Prerequisite
54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction
EDUX 351, EDUC 351, EDUX 407
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Eligibility
You should be a teacher or have some background experience in teaching or education.
Contact
Dr Keryn Pratt (College of Education), keryn.pratt@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai and Dr Ruth Gasson
Paper Structure
The paper is arranged around several discussion conferences, each looking at a separate topic related to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Conferences normally run for two weeks and involve a combination of readings and online asynchronous discussions.
Teaching Arrangements
This is an online distance learning paper.
Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand how the philosophical position underpinning an approach to research provides the context within which its processes and logic may be evaluated
  • Identify the assumptions, theories and paradigms used in a study and make these explicit in their own work
  • Identify the assumptions, theories and paradigms used in their own approach to research
  • Understand the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for research in New Zealand contexts and that there are Māori-preferred strategies for research
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of particular approaches to research
  • Select and refine an area for study

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

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, sociological and Māori preferred approaches to disciplined inquiry in education.

This paper is the only introductory research method paper offered at the College of Education and focuses on enhancing understandings of quantitative and qualitative research methods and concepts. Students will participate in both regular online 'community' discussions and 'hands-on' exercises and group projects. This paper is good preparation for future academic research or work as a teaching practitioner. No prior knowledge of statistics or research methods is required to take this paper.

Paper title Researching Educational Issues
Paper code EDUC407
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
Restriction
EDUX 351, EDUC 351, EDUX 407
Notes
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand how the philosophical position underpinning an approach to research provides the context within which its processes and logic may be evaluated
  • Identify the assumptions, theories and paradigms used in a study and make these explicit in their own work
  • Identify the assumptions, theories and paradigms used in their own approach to research
  • Understand the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for research in New Zealand contexts and that there are Māori-preferred strategies for research
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of particular approaches to research
  • Select and refine an area for study
Eligibility
You should be a teacher or have some background experience in teaching or education.
Contact
postgrad.education@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Kwok-Wing Lai and Dr Ruth Gasson
Paper Structure
The paper is arranged around several discussion conferences, each looking at a separate topic related to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Conferences normally run for two weeks and involve a combination of readings and online asynchronous discussions.
Teaching Arrangements
This is an online distance learning paper.
Textbooks
Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

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Timetable

Full Year

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard