EDPROFST 700 - Literacies Education: Research and Practice

Course code
Literacies Education: Research and Practice
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Delivery modes
Course director

Judy Parr

Course description

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.

Course overview

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

    Course Coordinators

    Nina Hood

    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:

    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.

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