EDUC 7001NA - Educational Inquiry
Ngee Ann Academy - Quadmester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 7001NA Course Educational Inquiry Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Quadmester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 3 Restrictions M Ed students only - Singapore Course Description This course provides an introduction to educational inquiry and research, and to issues involved in interpreting the findings of inquiry to enable students to become critical consumers of educational research for enhancing professional practice. The role of literature in educational inquiry is examined, and techniques and strategies for critiquing literature are developed. The modules in the course provide a grounding in key concepts, and qualitative and quantitative research designs to develop understanding and skills in particular methods of data collection and analysis. The modules of study include epistemology in the social sciences, the philosophical foundations of modern research strategies, the general classes of research investigations in education, and will help students to develop their skills to better support them in reading and understanding research projects. This course is an initial preparation for writing project work, thesis and dissertation in education.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Picard
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Picard
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Develop students’ understanding of the nature and process of social research
2. Develop students’ ability to select a research project topic, plan a research project, develop researchable questions and communicate these issues clearly in oral and written form
3. Develop students’ understanding of the relationship of theory, knowledge and practice as it applied to contemporary research in education and their ability to explain these relationships in oral and written form
4. Develop students’ ability to critically review and evaluate educational literature and identify areas for future research
5. Develop students’ ability to evaluate and select a research design and data collection and evaluation instruments (both qualitative and quantitative) in harmony with a chosen paradigm
6. Develop students’ ability to evaluate research according to standards of validity, reliability and ethics
7. Develop students’ ability to write, present and defend a research proposal for a well-designed research project
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3,4,5,6,7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 6,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,4,5,6,7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4,5,6,7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
1. Cohen, Manion and Morrison (2011) Research Methods in Education 7th Edition, Routledge: UK.
2. Bryman, A. (2008) Social Research Methods 4th Edition, Oxford University Press, UK.
3. Terreblanche, Durrheim and Painter (2007) Research in Practice: Applied Methods for the Social Sciences 2nd Edition, University of Cape Town Press, South Africa.
4. Additional course-related material and examples of research articles are available on MyUni.
Additional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course is built around a series of workshops covering the fundamental research communication and design issues. These include activities providing practice in written and spoken communication contexts. Related assignments are designed to consolidate the learning of key principles and development of research design and communication skills.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.2 x 3 Day intensive face-to-face course = 32 hours
Online reflections and interactions with lecturers and classmates = 2 hours
Intensive reading = 48 hours
Critical literature review outline & draft = 12 hours
Reflective practice essay = 20 hours
Research Proposal = 40 hours
Total = 156hrs
Learning Activities SummaryFriday, 15 Feb
1. Nature & Process of Research
2. Topic selection & Questions
3. Relationship of theory, knowledge and practice
Saturday, 16 Feb
1pm – 8pm
1. Reviewing literature (categorisation and identifying gaps)
1. Topic selection & Questions (Continued)
Sunday, 17 Feb
1. Research design
2. Data collection and analysis methods (Quantitative & Qualitative
3. Understanding and evaluating research articles
4. Introduction to validity & Reliability in Quantitative & Qualitative Research
Friday, 15 March
7pm – 10pm
1. Oral presentation of an introduction to a research issue, related literature, gaps and resulting research question(s)
Saturday, 16 March
1. Planning of research paradigm, research design, data collection and analysis appropriate to research questions
2. Reliability and Validity (continued)
3. Conducting responsible and ethical research
Sunday 17 March
9am – 4pm
1. Reflecting on research (reflective discussion posts) and reflective essays – discussion of assessment task
2. Writing a research proposal – discussion of examples and discussion of assessment task
Specific Course Requirements
Note that attendance at workshops is compulsory.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot explicitly part of this course, however, all activities involve research and work in small groups guided by a senior academic.
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Students who are unable to provide justification for non-attendance will fail the course.
Assessment Detail1. Oral presentation (5 Powerpoint slides)
Oral presentation of an introduction to a research issue, related literature, gaps and resulting research question(s) Completed on Day 3 of 1st intensive course. 10% of final grade. This is both formative & summative assessment (Objectives 1,5 & 7 (partly))
2. Reflective blog entries & Reflective essay. Posts should total 3000 words. The essay is 1000 words. Students should complete 10 short OR 5 longer blog posts and/or responses on issues related to research paradigms, design, data collection and analysis, reliability and validity and ethical issues. 3 short or 6 long blogs discussions must be completed before the 2nd intensive course, the remaining 2-4 & essay must be completed by 2 weeks after 2nd intensive session. 2-4% is awarded per blog entry = 20% and 20% for essay = 40%. This assessment is both formative and summative (Objectives 1-6)
3. Critical Review: 1000 – 2000 words must be written. This could be completed as part of the Research Proposal. The critical review is a review of 4-6 articles on a chosen topic, highlighting relationships, critiquing the articles and discussing areas of future research. The critical review should be completed within 2 weeks of the second intensive course. The critical review is 10% of the final grade if selected. This is a predominantly formative assessment item. (Objectives 4,5,6)
4. The Research Proposal including the revised and extended critical review is 4000 to 5000 words.
The research proposal includes:
1. Introduction to issue and context
2. Critical review of the literature
3. Gaps in the literature and potential for future research
4. Research Question(s)
5. Theoretical framework & methods
It must be completed on or before the 8th of April. The research proposal comprises 40-50% of the grade depending on whether the Critical Review is completed seperately. This assessment item is predominantly summative (Objective 7).
SubmissionAll submission of assignments is electronic (email or on MyUni) on or before 12pm of the due date.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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