Course Title: Educational Research and Inquiry Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Educational Research and Inquiry Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2413

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

TCHE2606

City Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Patricia McLaughlin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9805

Course Coordinator Email: patricia.mclaughlin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.13


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

TCHE2625 The Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education TCHE2658 The Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education 


Course Description

In this course you will conduct and report on a research or professional inquiry project in the field of education. You will focus on your role as a qualifying teacher active in scholarship and knowledge production about learning, teaching, and educational policy. You will engage in a capstone project and research, evaluate, and develop an identified topic, issue or context with an emphasis on the application of theory to practice in educational settings. You will develop your expertise as an informed, critical practitioner with responsibilities to the learners you teach, to your colleagues, the community, and the profession.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

   AITSL Standards
 1 Apply appropriate research methodologies, techniques and ethical principles to a topic, issue or context in education 5.1, 7.1
 2 Analyse, evaluate and conclude findings from a research/inquiry project   5.4
 3 Report on a research/inquiry for a professional audience  5.5, 7.4 
 4 Make recommendations from a research/ inquiry project in the field of education3.6, 6.4

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.

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

● Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

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


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion, individual reflection and research.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67929 Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies. http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the relevant program 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. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. There are two assessment tasks

 Assessment Tasks Assessment of Course Outcomes Assessment of AITSL Standards
 Research Progress Report 50% 2000 words  1, 2 5.1, 5.4, 7.1
 Research Final Report 50% 2000 words  2, 3, 43.6, 5.5, 6.4, 7.4

 

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. The statement of student responsibilities summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. www.rmit.edu.au/students/studentessentials/rights-and-responsibilities/student-responsibilities Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described online at: www.rmit.edu.au/staff/ourrmit/policies/academic-research