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EXR781 - Education Research Methodology

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:A Skourdoumbis




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Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit cannot be taken concurrently with any of EXR791, EXR796, EXR797, EXR798 or EXR799.

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.


Assessment 1 (40%, 2500 words) - A written assignment in the form of a literature review that:

  • Identify a problem/issue or clear case for a potential research project;
  • Outline concise, ‘good’ and researchable question/s (see O’Toole & Beckett p 89-90);
  • Define key specialist terms; and
  • Critically review relevant theoretical and research literature related to the points above.

Assessment 2 (60%, 3500 words) - A written assignment that outlines a potential research proposal which must:

  • State a refined or revised research question or questions;
  • Include a refined or revised update to the literature review;
  • Justify a considered methodological approach for the proposed research;
  • Identify appropriate research methods/instruments for data collection and data analysis; and
  • Outlines and discusses ethical considerations related to the proposed research.

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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