Courses & Units

Foundations of Educational Research ESM708




Improving Teaching and Practice through Action Research. The aim of this unit is to show you a way to improve your practice and that of the colleagues you work with. The purpose of the content in this unit is to explain how action research can be effective as a means of improving practice and the quality of teaching and learning. The first part of the course raises the question of what action research is and how it has become an accepted approach to both developing and improving courses and to research in education. Next we describe how you plan an action research project and present some of the techniques that can be used to collect data for an action research-based project. We then give examples of some action research projects with the aim of stimulating your thinking about how you could use action research in your own work.


Unit name Foundations of Educational Research
Unit code ESM708
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Education
Discipline School of Education

Professor David Kember

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2017 23/11/2017 22/12/2017 13/2/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $3,806.00 070303

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

Online: fully online with weekly readings and activities


AT1: Identification of an issue in your practice (15%);  AT2: Observation of the issue (25%);  AT3: Planning an action research project (60%) OR Reflection on and observation of your practice (60%)

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