An in-depth examination of ways in which critical research methodologies provide new knowledge and offer alternatives, through analysis of social, cultural, economic, political contexts in education. The critical research paradigm will be explored, to understand various perspectives and methods, and to enhance its use in education research. Students will be expected to design an education inquiry using critical research methodologies.
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: Explain theories of knowledge that inform critical research methodologies. Understand the various methodologies and methods of the critical research paradigm. Analyse the components of a range of research studies. Understand how to design an education inquiry using critical research methodologies.
Currently scheduled classes
2021 Epsom (Semester 2): Compulsory on campus block sessions on Saturdays (7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, 11 Sep, 18 Sep) from 10:00am - 3:00pm.
2022 Epsom (Semester 2): Compulsory on-campus block sessions on Saturdays (6, 13, 20, 27 August, 10, 17 September), 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
2022 Online (Semester 2)
Take this course
This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Education
- Master of Professional Studies in Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
- Master of Educational Leadership
- Master of Social and Community Leadership