This course introduces you to ways of understanding educational research. In particular, it clarifies the importance and relevance that an understanding of educational research has both for postgraduate studies in education and for informing professional practice. Through the semester, you will investigate the ways in which educational research informs our knowledge of education and, therefore, on how to read, and act on, educational research in order to strengthen the relationship between research & practice. Finally, you will develop and extend your academic skills including building your knowledge about issues such as plagiarism and ethics in research. A particular focus of this course is how educational research informs our knowledge and understanding of current educational issues, policies, and practices.
During the course, you will have an opportunity to focus on an issue of professional interest and/or relevance to you through the semester. There are opportunities in other courses of your postgraduate program to further investigate the issue you work on in this course if you choose.
The course addresses the following three key questions:
The assessment in this course is designed to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their understandings of educational research in relation to the educational issue they have chosen to work on. Study materials and activities are provided to support students to:
7806EDN Making Sense of Educational Research aims to introduce students to postgraduate study and, in particular, to educational research. That is, it aims to raise an awareness of how educational research can inform our knowledge and understanding of current educational issues, policies, and practices. This course serves as an introduction to educational issues, and is therefore important for students who do not have education qualifications. It is designed to give students entering the Master of Education an overview of educational issues. The course also aims to add to the skill set needed for postgraduate study.
After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
We will be using a Google Discussion group for course discussions. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/7806edn2014
You will need to sign into this with a Google account.
Module activities will involve posting responses to this Google Group, beginning with an introduction as detailed in Module 1.
If you are newly back to formal study, or uncertain over some aspects, please avail yourself of the StudySmart online tutorial.
You also have access to the Postgraduate Information Research Skills package, designed to assist research postgraduate and HDR students with library research. A series of online learning resources may assist you to assess your skills against the ANZIL Information Literacy Standards. There are also links to appropriate learning options and resources, with an information research activity log to refine and enhance your search strategies.
In this course you will not need a set text but may find the following of assistance:
APA. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edn. Washington: APA. http://books.google.com.au/books?id=25kOAQAAMAAJ&dq
Perrin, R. (2004). Pocket guide to APA style. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
For those participating in the course online, I encourage you to attend the Module 4 and 6 intensives if you can. They are held on Saturdays, the 6th of September and the 18th of October.
IDENTIFYING AN EDUCATIONAL ISSUE: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Requirement: 2000 words
Date due: Week 8 Monday 5pm
Submission: Online via Learning@Griffith
This item asks students to identify an educational issue of interest to them and then explore this issue through current research literature.
SHARING YOUR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: PROFESSIONAL PAPER
Requirement: 4000 words
Date due: Week 14 Monday 5pm
Submission: Online via Learning@Griffith
Assessment Item 2 builds on your work from Item 1 and requires you to choose a professional journal relevant to your educational issue explored for assessment Item 1 and produce a feature article or lead article for the professional journal.
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