Understandings of research tools adequate for empirical study and an application of theory to literacy practices, critical analysis of how research questions are constructed and ability to situate and view educational issues and questions within major theoretical frameworks in literacy education will be developed.
Do you want to read educational research in a systematic and critical way, or conduct research and inquiry in the field of literacy education?
This course helps participants to develop a sound basis to locate, interpret and critique current research that will inform your work.
The course will also teach you how to conduct your own research using a range of strategies including quantitative and qualitative data analysis and how to apply findings to your own work, with a particular focus on supporting low-progress readers and writers.
Choosing a research methods course
Research methods courses in education, social work or counselling prepare you for exploring answers to questions or testing theories about what works. They help students to develop expertise in disciplined inquiry. A range of courses are offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work to prepare students for effectively researching and evaluating a programme or problem of practice in the most appropriate way. Research methods courses are organised under four major themes:
- Educational research
Diverse methods spanning experimental/scientific to interpretive/post-modern approaches that focus on policy, teachers and teaching, students and learning, from pre-school to higher education.
- Practitioner research
Methods that examine how best to conduct research with and by practitioners in their professional contexts.
- Kaupapa Māori research
Methods that respect and utilise Māori perspectives on knowledge and knowing focused on research with, by, and for Māori.
- Social Work and Counselling research
Methods used in applied and theoretical research within social work and counselling professional practices that inform social and community research.
At completion of this course, students will be able to: Discuss and evaluate the relevance of research to the literacy educator. Critique published research and other relevant literature in a manner that enables literacy issues to be fully debated. Outline important theoretical frameworks that underpin research and practice in literacy education. Select from the various research paradigms, methodologies and methods those which will be useful in answering research questions and problems in the literacy field. Design and conduct well-planned, rigorous and ethical research projects in the literacy field. Prepare an ethics application to provide the rationale and procedures for ethical conduct of planned research.
Currently scheduled classes
2021 Online/Blended (Semester 1): Online teaching with compulsory on campus sessions on Wednesday 20 Jan from 12:30-4:00pm and Thursday 21 Jan and Friday 22 Jan from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00pm
Take this course
This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:
- Master of Counselling
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Master of Education
- Master of Professional Studies in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Graduate Diploma in Education
Ministry of Education course subsidies
Primary and Intermediate teachers may be eligible for a Ministry of Education fees subsidy for this course. Click here for more information.