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EDUC412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education

Issues of research design, methodology and practice for researchers inquiring into professional practices of teaching and learning as they arise in education settings.

During the course of this paper you will focus on the design and implementation of research within an education setting. You will learn how to critically evaluate research conducted by others. You will also learn about the elements involved in designing research project; from the research paradigm to how to develop a researchable question. You will consider ethics, and qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis methods. You will also learn how to reflect on the role of the researcher. By the end of the paper you will have developed and defended a research proposal designed to address an identified teaching and learning issue situated in practice.

Paper title Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education
Paper code EDUC412
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
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EDUC 411
Limited to
PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Susan Sandretto


Wilson, E.(Ed). (2017). School-based research, (3rd edition), Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Pose research questions able to be addressed through well designed and ethical research practice within teacher’s practice
  2. Distinguish between different research methodologies, methods, and procedures appropriate to research questions in classroom/centre-based settings
  3. Identify and critically address issues of researcher position, power, ethics, and research impact
  4. Critically read and evaluate educational research texts in order to design research that would produce trustworthy evidence for teaching and learning

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system