Details for Research Methods in Education

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU595
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator:


EDU400, EDU501, and 20 credit points of core subjects, respective to degree

Awards offering Research Methods in Education

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

Unit Content


  1. Describe and reflect on the biblical purposes, roles, principles and outcomes of research in a Christian educational context;
  2. Critically evaluate key philosophical paradigms and traditions implicit in scientific research methodology and practice through a biblical framework;
  3. Appraise the methodological consistency of research with the questions, research approach (methods) and ethical considerations applied;
  4. Describe and design ethical and justice-based research, considering issues related to validity, reliability, transparency, sensitivity, benefit, and reflexivity in research;
  5. Design a research proposal addressing an education challenge or gap, including the development of research questions, justification, methods, analysis strategies and ethical considerations reflective of a biblical perspective;
  6. Clearly and coherently communicate ideas (at postgraduate standard) in a range of written forms, including making sound judgement, engaging in the process of evaluating, and generating structured planning and report writing in accordance with academic conventions and in alignment to the latest APA referencing guidelines.

Subject Content

  • Research Traditions: Biblical, historical and philosophical paradigms in Western scientific practice
  • Researching visions of the Good: Methodological implications in quantitative and qualitative traditions
  • Research Methods A: Quantitative methods in education research
  • Research Methods B: Qualitative methods in education research
  • Research designs, methods, and techniques for educational contexts
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Good (biblical) research: Ethics, reflexivity, design validity and rigor

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Online

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

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts (10%)
  • Critical Evaluation Essay (40%)
  • Research Proposal (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2017). Research methods in education. 8th Ed. Routledge.