Course Title: Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Gray

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7660

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite: This course requires successful completion of TCHE2574 Literacy and Numeracy Test

Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to the major traditions and orientations informing contemporary educational research. It focuses on a range of approaches, methods and techniques used for knowledge production through research and inquiry in education. In this course you develop skills as critical readers (consumers) of research as well as making informed choices about appropriate research methodologies and techniques for your research and inquiry projects as a teacher. In this course you will develop a research/inquiry proposal drawing upon understandings about the research/inquiry approaches and techniques relevant to your professional work in education as a teacher.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify assumptions and beliefs underlying different approaches to educational research/ inquiry
  • Make informed comparisons of educational research methodologies for inquiries into questions, problems or issues in educational practice
  • Choose appropriate research methodologies, techniques and ethical principles for a selected research problem
  • Apply selected approaches for research/inquiry to research questions
  • Construct a research proposal including the application of appropriate ethical principles

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and professional skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice 
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on complex theories and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in education
  • Professionally communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences, as producers and consumers of knowledge, about philosophical and pedagogical propositions, processes and outcomes
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and implement substantial projects, then evaluate and theorize these outcomes as a means to position this contribution to the profession and knowledge area
  • Engage with complex bodies of knowledge and multiple professional skills in order to contribute to your professional identity and career within contemporary contexts

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

The overall purpose of learning activities is to help develop your critical skills and understandings of different research approaches and their theoretical underpinnings. Activities will increase your skills in reading critically, framing research questions and selecting appropriate methods and methodologies. The course will link as much as possible to your professional interests as a teacher.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including: books, journal articles and web resources. You are expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your practice.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc