EER408 Educational Research: Methods & Practices (8)


This subject is designed to introduce students to methods and practices in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research. This subject further develops students' appreciation of the links between theories and practices in research. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and critique educational research by examining the operationalisation of design concepts to generate methodologies for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.

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Session 1
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Entry into the: Bachelor of Education (HPE)(Honours);
Bachelor of Education (Primary)(Honours);
Graduate Certificate in Educational Research;
or as determined by the Course Coordinators.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
-appreciate the choices and decisions that researchers make when operationalising design questions into research practice;
-develop an understanding of commonly used methodologies in educational research and the ways that these address issues of validity, reliability, generalisability, and reality;
-gain insight into the conduct of qualitative and quantitative research including sample recruitment, ethical considerations, and reporting of findings;
-develop skills to analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Sites of research:
- The lab
- The field
- The library.
Research participants
- Sample size
- Sample characteristics
- Recruitment processes
- Ethical requirements.

Research processes:
- Measurement
- Validity
- Reliability
- Hypothesis testing
- Time: Cross-sectional/Longitudinal approaches.

Methods of qualitative and quantitative data collection:
- Interviewing
- Observation
- Participation
- Document Collection
- Experimentation
- Case study
- Surveys
- Structured Interviews/Observations
- Testing
- Comparative study.

Methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis:
- Critical and poststructuralist discourse analysis
- Linguistic and semiotic discourse analysis
- Historical document/artefact analysis
- Thematic analysis
- Grounded theory
- Descriptive statistical analysis
- Scale analysis and reliability
- Statistical significance and effect size
- Inferential statistical analysis
- Parametric and non-parametric statistical tests.

Computer assisted data analysis packages:
- PASW (formerly SPSS)
- Writing of research results.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.