ERP504 Research Thesis (24)

This subject requires students to select a significant issue of interest from the field of Educational Leadership and/or International Education to explore in depth. Students will have completed at least one subject in either qualitative or quantitative research methods. Students will be required to identify appropriate methods for investigation of the issue, demonstrate an understanding of the processes of educational inquiry and to submit a thesis of approximately 20,000 words. During this process the students will work under the guidance of an appointed supervisor.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


Ontario School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Masters of International Education (School Leadership).

Assumed Knowledge
EER501 or EER502

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify a significant issue in educational leadership and/or international education to investigate;
  • be able to adopt appropriate procedures and research methodology to investigate the selected issue;
  • be able to draw on a suitable conceptual/theoretical framework;
  • be able to critique relevant literature;
  • be able to accurately analyse data and present results in a meaningful manner;
  • be able to prepare a logically argued thesis; and
  • be able to write an original piece of work that extends available knowledge in the chosen area.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Identifying a research issue for investigation
  • * Choosing a research area
  • * Specifying researchable focus questions/problems
  • Critically reviewing relevant literature
  • * The purposes and types of literature reviews
  • * Conducting a search of the literature
  • * Synthesising the literature
  • * Critiquing the literature
  • The nature of inquiry and styles of educational research: Methodology and method
  • * Choosing appropriate research design and methodology, data collection methods and data analysis methods
  • * Outline methodology to be employed
  • * Determine the type of data analysis to be used
  • Ethical considerations and gaining ethics approval
  • * Understanding and applying ethical guidelines
  • Preparing a research proposal
  • * Step 1: The Title
  • * Step 2: The Abstract
  • * Step 3: Aims and Objectives
  • * Step 4: Background
  • * Step 5: Methodology and Method
  • * Step 6: Schedule and Timeline
  • * Step 7: Ethical Approval
  • * Step 8: Resources
  • Conducting a/the research project
  • * Investigate resources required to complete research project
  • * Determination of timelines in which to conduct the research
  • Writing a thesis
  • * Research reports, dissertations and theses


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.