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Improving Teaching and Practice through Action 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. It is a unit which integrates practice, action, theory and research in a very practical way. The unit aims to relate to and be applied to your own practice and interests and draw upon the other units you have taken. The action research approach is very flexible and has been applied in a wide variety of contexts and to diverse issues; so it will almost certainly relate to your needs and interests. 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.


Unit name Improving Teaching and Practice through Action Research
Unit code ESM708
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Associate Professor Jennifer McMahon
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • apply advanced and/or specialised knowledge and understanding of action research that you are able to identify issues and problems in your own practice susceptible to improvement through action research.
  • reflect upon issues in your own practice and analyse the issues to identify key aspects amenable to change.
  • develop a practical understanding of the four phases of action research and its cyclical nature: initiate, plan and implement the four phases of a single action research cycle for an identified issue; apply evaluation and observation techniques, and gather additional relevant information on issues relating to your own practice for further analysis; execute project plans in your own practice or other units in the course.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
070303 $987.00 $987.00 not applicable $4,216.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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AssessmentStudent's Own Selection (15%)|Plan (60%)|Case or problem activated learning (25%)
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