EDME601-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Understanding and Using Research in Education

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course is an introduction to frameworks for thinking about, reading about, and carrying out research. Students will develop skills in the critical analysis of a wide range of research literature through developing knowledge of ethics, different methodologies, and different types of data. Students are introduced to research practice from both 'Western' and Indigenous knowledge standpoints. The aims of the course are to bring the student to the point where they have the knowledge to interpret most quantitative and qualitative research papers in their field, as well as the background to undertake supervised research.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Critically interrogate research literature with a specific focus on rigour, interpreting findings and assessing conclusions;  
  • Understand, and discuss, the ethical and cultural expectations for undertaking educational research across different knowledge standpoints;
  • Examine how the ontological and theoretical position of the researcher influences the research questions and study methodology;
  • Identify data collection and data analysis methods and how they are used to address research questions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan for a research project.


Subject to approval of the Head of School


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Valerie Sotardi


Nicola Surtees


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Making Sense of Educational Research 50% In this activity, students will be evaluated based on their emerging skills in identifying, describing, and comparing/contrasting the research problems, purposes, questions, and methodologies based on a pre-selected list of four journal articles. This activity is due Monday the 11th of April 2022 by 11:55pm.
Developing a Research Approach 50% In this activity, students will be evaluated based on their emerging skills in concise exposition, critical analysis, and informed library skills. Students will complete an annotated bibliography based on a topic of their own choosing. Students will draw on the course materials and annotated bibliography to (a) construct a research problem, purpose statement, and research question(s), and (b) provide a methodological approach to address the research question(s) with a rationale for this methodological approach. This activity is due Sunday the 19th of June 2022 by 11:55pm.

Textbooks / Resources

No textbook is required. All readings will be provided to students in the LEARN Moodle.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,937.00

* 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.

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