Course Title: Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Approaches to Educational Research and Inquiry

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Peter Kelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7852

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 your skills as a reflective practitioner who is able to apply the appropriate 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:

Course Learning Outcomes   AITSL Standards
 1 Identify assumptions and beliefs underlying different approaches to educational research/ inquiry. 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4
 2 Recognise educational research/inquiry methodologies in reports of research.  6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4
 3 Critique reports of research in the field of education 1.2,. 7.4
4Make informed comparisons of educational research methodologies for inquiries into questions, problems or issues in educational practice.6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4 
 5 Choose appropriate research methodologies, techniques and ethical principles for a selected research problem1.2, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4

Program Learning Outcomes:

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

● Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching.

● Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.

● Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.

● Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.

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 learning outcomes and on your development against the relevant program (undergraduate or postgraduate) capabilities. Assessment may include reports, projects and presentations, professional experience, 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 professional practice.

There are two assessment tasks    

 Assessment Tasks Assessment of Course Outcomes Assessment of AITSL Standards Assessment 
 Task 1: Literature review (2000 words) 50%   1, 2, 3 1.2, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4
Task 2: Research plan (2000 words) 50%  1, 4, 5 1.2, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.4

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 manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: