A detailed examination of the assumptions underlying, and processes and practices in different research traditions. The development of understandings of how to conduct research and to analyse, interpret and synthesise research-based information in educational or community settings.
The course is of importance to those who wish to build their knowledge of research and how it can be used to investigate real-life problems. As such it prepares students to formulate a research question of interest and relevance to them and to design an investigation that will address the question.
This course attracts students from a range of backgrounds including primary and secondary teachers, early childhood educators and educational leaders, as well as those working in tertiary education.
It is also suitable for those working within the wider educational community.
This course is relevant for those who are interested in undertaking a piece of research either within the content of a Masters qualification or in their particular workplace setting. Completing the course will help develop the analytical skills necessary to engage with and in research particularly in practice settings.
Choosing a research methods course
Research methods courses in education, social work or counselling prepare you for exploring answers to questions or testing theories about what works. They help students to develop expertise in disciplined inquiry. A range of courses are offered by the Faculty of Education and Social Work to prepare students for effectively researching and evaluating a programme or problem of practice in the most appropriate way. Research methods courses are organised under four major themes:
- Educational research
Diverse methods spanning experimental/scientific to interpretive/post-modern approaches that focus on policy, teachers and teaching, students and learning, from pre-school to higher education.
- Practitioner research
Methods that examine how best to conduct research with and by practitioners in their professional contexts.
- Kaupapa Māori research
Methods that respect and utilise Māori perspectives on knowledge and knowing focused on research with, by, and for Māori.
- Social Work and Counselling research
Methods used in applied and theoretical research within social work and counselling professional practices that inform social and community research.
At completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between ontological perspectives, epistemological assumptions, and methods of inquiry and knowledge claims in research.
- Demonstrate an understanding of processes associated with qualitative and quantitative modes of inquiry and research design.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the research question and subsequent research design.
- Interpret and synthesise knowledge relevant to selected practice in order to write a cogent and coherent research proposal.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of undertaking research.
Currently scheduled classes
2020 Epsom (Semester 1): Weekly evening sessions on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:30pm
Take this course
This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (Honours)
- Master of Arts in Education
- Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Education
- Master of Professional Studies in Education
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Educational Leadership
- Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership
Ministry of Education course subsidies
Primary and Intermediate teachers may be eligible for a Ministry of Education fees subsidy for this course. Click here for more information.