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EDR8802 Foundation Methods for Research in Education

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Research Methods for Education
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 099999 - Society and Culture not elsewh
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gavin Austin


Pre-requisite: EDR8801

Other requisites

Three (3) courses from the recommended enrolment pattern of the specialisation.


Increasing demands for accountability in educational settings have resulted in the need for professionals and administrators in educational settings to be aware of and competent in the use of effective research-based methods to evaluate educational interventions and programs. Ethical reflective practitioners, scholar-practitioners, need to understand how to critically appraise evidence-based practices that are subject to critical analysis and evaluation by research methods.


This course introduces learners to the theory and practices of research methods suited to evaluation of educational interventions/programs conducted by reflective practitioners. Students will develop their understanding of different approaches to, and models of, research methods for educational evaluation; consider responses to ethical issues in the processes of evaluation; explore concepts and practices of qualitative and quantitative methods; understand data, data collection, and data analysis strategies. An intention of this course is to inform students' considerations of the methodological approach to the capstone master degree project.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. define and explain the contexts of education research (Forum postings and Assignment);
  2. understand ethics of using research methods for conducting evaluations in educational settings (Quiz and Forum postings) ;
  3. understand the distinctive features of quantitative and qualitative data and their roles in evaluation (Quiz, Forum postings and Assignment);
  4. understand the concepts of quantitative research methods suited to evaluation, including experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs (Quiz, Forum postings and Assignment);
  5. understand the concepts of qualitative research methods suited to evaluation (Quiz, Forum postings and Assignment);
  6. apply relevant principles of research methods to critical analysis of research literature to inform a proposed research project (Quiz, Forum postings and Assignment);
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (Forum postings and Assignment).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to and contexts of educational research 5.00
2. Ethics of research and evaluation 5.00
3. Transition from research literature to research questions to research design 10.00
4. Quantitative and Qualitative research designs 25.00
5. Qualitative and Quantitative data 25.00
6. Methods of data collection and data analysis 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Punch, KF & Oancea, A 2014, Introduction to research methods in education, 2nd edn, Sage, London, UK.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
American Psychological Association 2019, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edn, Washington DC.
Dwyer, LM & Bernauer, JA 2013, Quantitative research for the qualitative researcher, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FORUM POSTINGS 20 20 10 May 2021
QUIZ 20 20 24 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 60 60 31 May 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 18 June 2021