EDUC 735 - Researching Educational Settings

Course code
EDUC 735
Researching Educational Settings
Learning, Development and Professional Practice
Delivery modes
Weekly Lecture

Course director

Frauke Meyer

Course description

A detailed examination of the assumptions underlying, and processes and practices in different research traditions. The development of understandings of how to conduct research and to analyse, interpret and synthesise research-based information in educational or community settings.

Course overview

The course is of importance to those who wish to build their knowledge of research and how it can be used to investigate real-life problems. As such it prepares students to formulate a research question of interest and relevance to them and to design an investigation that will address the question.

This course attracts students from a range of backgrounds including primary and secondary teachers, early childhood educators and educational leaders, as well as those working in tertiary education.

It is also suitable for those working within the wider educational community.

This course is relevant for those who are interested in undertaking a piece of research either within the content of a Masters qualification or in their particular workplace setting. Completing the course will help develop the analytical skills necessary to engage with and in research particularly in practice settings.

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: Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between ontological perspectives, epistemological assumptions, and methods of inquiry and knowledge claims in research. Demonstrate an understanding of processes associated with qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry and research design. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the research question and subsequent research design. Interpret and synthesise knowledge relevant to selected practice in order to write a cogent and coherent research proposal. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of undertaking research.

    Currently scheduled classes

    2022 Epsom (Semester 1): Weekly evening Lectures on Wednesdays, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
    2022 Offshore Online (Semester 1)
    2022 Online (Semester 2)

    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.

    Timetabled courses are updated regularly and may be subject to change. If you have any questions or if you feel that any information contained in any of our course pages is in error, please get in touch with us. Click to open feedback form in a new window.