This single-semester paper, within the Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice, involves the undertaking of a small-scale independent research study on a child-centred practice issue. It results in an 8,000-word research report. Supervision and support are available from an assigned supervisor. The topic is selected by the student, with its nature and scope being refined and negotiated in consultation with the supervisor.
|Paper title||Research Study|
|Points||30 points 30 points|
|Teaching period(s)||First Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,679.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$6,658.50|
- Admission requires approval from the Director of the Children's Issues Centre.
- Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View
more information about departmental permission.
Only available for high-achieving students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice who have already completed CHIC 401 and CHIC 402 (or CHIX 401 and CHIX 402). The criteria for being accepted to enrol in CHIC 480 also include:
- The student has achieved good grades in CHIC 401 and 402 (or CHIX 401 and 402) and has the ability to undertake research relatively independently
- The student has access to email and Internet
- The student has formulated the topic on which they wish to carry out the research
- A supervisor is available who is willing and able to supervise this particular topic
- The research has minimal additional costs besides researcher time
- The student can gain access to documents, individuals or institutions needed to answer their research questions
- The Programme Director has approved the enrolment
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Nicola
Supervisors: Associate Professor Nicola Taylor and Dr Megan Gollop
- There is no set text.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, critical thinking, cultural understanding, ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will
- Develop a small-scale research study relevant to a child-centred practice issue and complete it in a limited time period
- Identify and utilise a relevant research paradigm (either quantitative or qualitative) and an appropriate fieldwork methodology (if the study is an empirical one)
- Acquire skills to access and review the existing research literature and write research questions
- Apply a relevant theoretical/conceptual framework to the research
- Meet ethical requirements if the study uses human subjects
- Write up the results of the study and examine what the study contributes to answering the research questions
- Integrate the findings of the research study with the relevant existing literature (or field of theoretical/conceptual knowledge)
- Write a coherent, clear research report that adequately presents the research background, method, findings and conclusions and relates them to previous research and makes recommendations for child and family/whanau policy and practice.