Details for Research Methods in Education Studies

In this subject, students will explore the theory and literature framing education research issues and will develop a research approach, which will inform and enhance education practice from a Christian worldview.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU701
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Matthew Anstey


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Research Methods in Education Studies

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of contemporary issues related to and impacting on education as framed within education theory and literature;
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of research designs in education;
  3. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of different approaches to education research;
  4. Formulate a plan to improve pedagogy in line with a completed research project;
  5. Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance Christian educational practice in the chosen field.

Subject Content

  • Contemporary issues in education research
  • Choosing valid education research designs: observational; experimental; quasi-experimental (including group randomised trials); narrative; phenomenological; grounded theory; ethnographical; interviews and focus groups
  • Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods
  • Literature review and planning
  • Ethical considerations and data collection
  • Reporting findings’ validity and reliability and the application of action research to personal improvement

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (Two weeks (not necessarily consecutive): 7 hours per day for 10 days = 70 class hours + 170 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)
  • Extensive (10 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Literature Review (6000 words)
  • Methodology Essay (6000 words)

Prescribed Text

Primary readings provided