EDEM693-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)

Introduction to Methodologies and Ethics in Educational Research

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


The course is an introduction to frameworks for thinking about research, ethical considerations required for planning research and the ethical approval process. The course provides students with opportunities to identify appropriate research issues and to formulate research questions. This course supports students' critical reading of research and decisions made in planning research. A range of methodologies and methods of educational research are introduced.

MEd contact at the College of Education Postgraduate Office 3642987 ext 4877 postgraduate@education.canterbury.ac.nz

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  •  Explain the purposes of research in educational contexts
  •  Critically evaluate selected research articles using a reflective framework
  •  Identify the decisions researchers make in the design of educational research
  •  Critically evaluate research studies from an ethical stance
  •  Apply ethical principles to a range of research scenarios
  •  Identify and evaluate the relationships between research paradigms, methodologies and methods.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to the approval of the Head of School


EDUC459, EDUC659, EDTL801

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jane McChesney


Jane Abbiss


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Critical Essay 1 01 Apr 2021 40%
Critical Essay 2 02 Jun 2021 60%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading – updated with newer editions (not in APA7th format)
Judith Bell with Stephen Waters. Doing your research project : A guide for first time researchers / 2014 6th edition

Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion and Keith Morrison. Research methods in education / 2018. 8th edition

John W. Creswell, J. David Creswell, Research design : qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches / 2018 5th edition

John W. Creswell, Cheryl N. Poth. Qualitative inquiry & research design : choosing among five approaches / 2018 4th edition

John W. Creswell. 30 essential skills for the qualitative researcher / 2016

Martin Tolich ; Carl Davidson. Social science research in New Zealand : an introduction / 2018
Ebook: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/canterbury/detail.action?docID=5732771
Book: https://ipac.canterbury.ac.nz/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=a&npp=30&index=bib&term=2676859

Carol Mutch. Doing educational research : a practitioner's guide to getting started /  2013 2nd edition

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai, Decolonizing methodologies : research and indigenous peoples/ 2012 2nd editition

Joan E. Sieber, Martin B. Tolich. Planning ethically responsible research /  2013 2nd edition
eBook: http://ezproxy.canterbury.ac.nz/login?url=https://methods.sagepub.com/book/planning-ethically-responsible-research-2e?utm_source=ss360&utm_medium=discovery-provider
book: https://ipac.canterbury.ac.nz/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=a&npp=30&index=bib&term=195288

Robert K. Yin. Case study research : design and methods / 2018 6th edition

Readings and other resources will be provided during the courseß

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $952.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All EDEM693 Occurrences

  • EDEM693-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • EDEM693-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)