This subject will enhance students’ knowledge and skills in conducting research in the context of their selected field of education and/or social science. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the research focus, intention, question/s and literature review in determining the practical processes of research in education and/or social science. During this unit, students will survey a range of research philosophies, practices and methodologies that relate to their specified field of interest. By critically evaluating published research, students will come to understand the appropriateness of research practices, methods and findings applied in specific contexts.

Students are required to participate in online learning activities regularly throughout the semester and to show evidence of their involvement in these activities on a fortnightly basis. Their responses to these activities will demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a research practitioner.

The topics covered in this unit provide a foundation for the students’ progression to the second core unit of the course (EDRE60200) where they will refine their research focus.

Towards the end of this unit, students will consult with the Course Convenor of the Master of Education (Research) to negotiate which supervisors they will work with when enrolled in EDRE60200: Research Methods II, EDRE60300: Masters by Research: Proposal and EDRE60400: Masters by Research: Thesis.

The learning outcomes and the assessment tasks in this unit are linked to: 1) the graduate attributes that all students at Avondale College of Higher Education are expected to attain; 2) the attributes that graduates from research higher degrees from Avondale College of Higher Education are expected to attain; and 3) the Australian Qualifications Framework (July 2011) specifications for a Level 9 Masters Degree (Research).