An online postgraduate unit provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia, Realising Sustainable Middle Years Reform draws on educational research literature based in disciplines such as educational sociology, philosophy and psychology to help you identify a suitable research topic based around middle years schooling. Your final proposal should relate to relevant principles of middle schooling such as middle years curriculum, pedagogy, school reform, culture and educational psychology.
On completion of this unit you will have identified the research topic or question you wish to pursue, and will have created a proposal that frames your area of study appropriately. You will undertake appropriate literature reviews and demonstrate knowledge of a broad range of related research in the field. A literature review will accompany your draft proposal to form the basis of your project, which will be undertaken as part of the subsequent Action Research in the Middle Years unit.
This unit is delivered via a range of learning methods and resources, including blogs, podcasting, embedded multimedia, standard media, glossary and wikis. Assessment consists of the submission of an annotated research proposal and a research-based literature review.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any unit deemed academically equivalent.
It’s recommended that you have completed, or have equivalent knowledge of, the following:
Foundation Principles of Middle Schooling
Understand Middle Years Learners
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:
Graduate Certificate in Middle Years Education
Areas of study
In this Realising Sustainable Middle Years Reform unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to the unit, the middle years: what's it all about?
Challenges of and processes for middle years reform
Identifying research issues/questions
Linking research issues with appropriate middle years literature
Linking research issues with appropriate research literature
Student presentation on research issue/question
Critical analysis (group discussion) of research issues/questions
Thinking about theories and paradigms and research design for action research projects
Individual consultation on proposals
Group discussion of issues arising from individual project proposals
Looking towards implementation: when and how of implementation
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Graduate Certificate in Middle Years Education, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit helps you to prepare a research proposal that will form a key part of your study of the Graduate Certificate in Middle Years Education. You will have an opportunity to identify an area of particular interest to you and develop the tools to bring in a range of theoretical principles and research practices appropriate to close academic study of your chosen topic.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Realising Sustainable Middle Years Reform from Griffith University.
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