Teachers use and engage in research in a range of different ways with the aim of informing and improving their practice, from using reseach done by others to inform their decision making, to conducting classroom-based inquiry as professional learning and development. This unit of study is designed to equip you with the understanding and skills required to embed research into your everyday practice as a teacher. You will be encouraged to develop an appreciation of the broad range of research topics in education and their associated forms of systematic inquiry and to develop your capacity to make links between research, policy, teaching and learning. The unit will provide opportunities for you to become more familiar with the relationship between research and practice so that you can locate, critically analyse and use published material to investigate, understand and enrich your own practice and, in the future, exercise leadership in this regard. A series of expert lectures in the production and use of educational research will be complemented by workshops and assessment tasks designed to encourage you to synthesise different kinds and sources of research-based knowledge about students, teachers, schools, classrooms and communities.
1x1-hr lectures/wk for 9 wks, 1x2-hr workshop/wk for 9 wks, 1x1-hr online activities/wk for 9 wks
Group presentation (30%; 1500wd equivalent); Report (30%; 1500wd); Classroom Inquiry Project Plan (40%; 3000wd)
96 credit points of units, including (EDUF2006 and EDUF2007)