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EDUC407 Researching Educational Issues

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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 Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
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54 300-level EDUC or EDUX points
EDUC 351, EDUX 351 and EDUX 407
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
You should be a teacher or have some background experience in teaching or education.
Teaching staff

To be confirmed if offered.

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.
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.
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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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Not offered in 2022

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