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This unit will allow you to consider the role, nature and practice of research in education. This unit introduces general research principles and qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies, with a focus on ethical issues in the conduct of research. You will plan a research-based project, develop a research proposal and write your own ethics application. In this unit, you will cover:

  • The role, nature and practice of research in education
  • The role of ontology, epistemology and theory in informing approaches to research
  • Overview of research methodology and methods, including a broad understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches
  • Framing a research study
  • An in-depth coverage of either qualitative or quantitative research approaches
  • Preparing a research proposal and ethics application

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the role, function and potential impact of different types of research in educational contexts
  • Demonstrate the relationship between epistemology, theory, methodology, and methods in educational research
  • Identify and justify the most appropriate research approach and form of data analysis to address an identified educational problem, issue or knowledge need
  • Identify and address ethical issues related to research in an educational context


You are assessed according to the following three components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Discussion board: 10%
  • Concept map with annotations: 40%
  • Research plan and evaluation: 50%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Education.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your Southern Cross University Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.