EDUC 7103 Research Beginnings (15 credit GDHE)



How can we ensure we make good decisions for our learners, courses and programmes? How can we share our work with other adult educators? 


Kia ora

welcome to the course. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with this page, and all the resources and support you have available to you.

Your teacher is Diana Ayling. You can contact me in a variety of different ways I have listed most of them here.  You are welcome to use MeetMe to book an appointment with me.


A private group will be established for you to connect, communicate and collaborate. 


Your assessment activities:



Nature of assessment

Learning outcomes


50% Assessment 1: A topical interest paper.

1,2, 3



Assessment 2. A research ethics application.

1,2, 3


Semester One, 2013 Class Resources: Abstract templates and Application forms.

Glossary of Terms: Open and editable list of key words and concepts in educational research. 

By the end of this course you will be able to:

1. Evaluate current research paradigms and methodologies.


Paradigms and methodologies Slideshare

Paradigms and methodologies Article This is your link to the Teaching and Learning Community website.


2. Critically review issues in writing academic literature reviews.


Reading for purpose (Academic)

Writing and researching an academic paper using Evernote.

Planning a research project and formulating research questions.

Research Writing Frames

APA Referencing (Unitec Library Guide)

Style Guides: Writing (Birmingham University)


3. Formulate research questions and appropriate research design.


Planning a research project and formulating research questions.

Turning a teaching issue into research

Unitec Research Ethics Guidelines

Form A

Form B

Form C


4. Describe a variety of research procedures and methods of data collection.


Action research a developmental approach

Supported experiments

Getting the truth into workplace surveys


5. Demonstrate data analysis and interpretation.


Research Abstract Framework

Writing it up! Data analysis and interpretation

6. Develop a position on important ethical and political issues in educational research.



Educational researchers should seek at all times to avoid harm and do

New Zealand Council for Educational Research.


Assessment One:

Assessment Two:


By the end of the course you will be able to:

Knowledge: the key concepts and principles of educational research paradigms and methodologies. 

Skills: Plan, implement and review a research project. 

Values: Appreciate the  ethical and political issues in educational research.

People: Collaborate with and support peers and colleagues. 

Learn: Access, evaluate and share with your co-learners resources to support educational research.

Integrate: Embed your learning experiences into your professional practice and record your development in your professional portfolio.



Marking rubrics and full details of the assessment process.

Assessment One Marking Rubric

Assessment Two Marking Rubric



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