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EXR481 - Education Research Methodology

Unit details

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Enrolment modes:


Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in E421 or E430 course.

Unit chair:B Yim


Incompatible with:

EXR480, EXR780

Contact hours:

Equivalent of 3 hours per week


This unit requires online access and students will be required to access several library modules designed to support this unit.


This unit introduces students to a selection of research methodologies and examines the theoretical frameworks that position different approaches to education research. Students investigate the key tasks and decisions involved in developing sound research proposals and investigate how these activities are themselves shaped by the broader concept of research methodology. The unit introduces different methods of data collection and analysis and examines how these processes are related to research questions and methodological coherence. Students are asked to think critically about their own research problems and how these may be investigated most suitably by drawing on a particular research methodology. Students are introduced to research ethics, examples of ethical issues frequently experienced in education research.


Reflective essay 50% (2000 words)

Methodological positioning and methods 50% (2000 words)

Prescribed texts

Bell, J. (2010). Doing your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers in Education, Health and Social Science (5th ed.). New York: Open University Press.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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