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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.

EDUC 412 Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education

N.B. all topics will be considered with a classroom/centre-based focus

  • Research paradigms
    • Comparative and critical analyses of questions of the politics of knowledge, ways of knowing, who may speak with/for whom?
    • Contemporary, historical, and indigenous knowledge paradigms
    • Philosophy, theory, and practice of research in education
  • Research methodology, design and practice
    • Relationship between research questions, methodology, research design and practice
    • Data, methods, research procedure and forms of analysis
    • Reflexive and ethical research practice
    • Reporting research: Issues of audience, the utility of research, translating research evidence to improve teaching and learning practice and outcomes
  • What makes a worthy research question for evidence based teaching and learning practice?
    • What’s a researchable question in an educational setting?
    • What kinds of questions should be asked through teacher research and why?
    • How might one move from teaching and learning problem to research question?
    • Issues of scope and manageability: Managing research in the teaching and learning setting

Paper title Research Design and Methodology: Evidence-based Practice in Education
Paper code EDUC412
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,120.06
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,439.89

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EDUC 411
Limited to
Limited to: PGDipEdLn, MEdLn

Teaching staff

Dr Susan Sandretto


Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.

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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First Semester

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