EER500 Introduction to Educational Research (8)

This introductory subject focuses on developing the skills needed to read, understand and evaluate the relevance of educational research. As such the subject focuses upon building understandings regarding the need for educational research; providing an overview of research orientations and methods for investigating educational problems; examining research designs, their relationship to the nature of findings and appropriateness for different educational investigations; reading and critiquing research reports and studies. The subject allows students to select research articles aligned with relevant professional interests so they can critique and assess the significance of these research studies and findings for their professional practice. This subject provides a foundation for studies in EER501 Qualitative Research, EER502 Quantitative Research, ERP401 Education Honours Project/Dissertation, ERP502 Master of Education Project and ERP503 Master of Education Thesis.


Session 1 (30)
Dubbo Campus
Session 2 (60)
Dubbo Campus
Session 3 (90)
Dubbo Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EER500. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand why educational research is conducted;
  • have gained an overview of different methods that may be employed in researching educational problems;
  • be able to understand how research studies are designed and conducted;
  • be able to judge when each of these research methods is appropriate and how each may be applied to educational situations;
  • be able to read and understand research literature; and
  • know how to critique research and research reports.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Introduction to research and central issues - The significance of the research question - From research questions to data - Quantitative research design - Collecting quantitative data - Analyzing quantitative data - Critiquing a quantitative research article - Qualitative research design - Collecting qualitative data - Analyzing qualitative data - Critiquing a qualitative research article - Mixed methods studies

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EER500 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Literature review
Research proposal

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.