Research Methods in Education

EDU595 │ Elective Subject │ 10 credit points


Research Methods in Education explores the foundation of research methods in an education setting. Positioning research in terms of our participation in God’s purposes through systematically searching for, and revealing His presence in and around us, students explore a range of different research paradigms and methodological approaches such as qualitative, quantitative and mixed research, including the methods they employ. This subject provides a solid basis for the future practice of research in education whether in capstone subjects or beyond. As a pre- to all capstone research subjects, students will build an actionable research proposal, applying the breadth of research method principles to their learning.


  • EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education
  • EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

This subjects must be completed before enrolling in the research Capstone subjects EDU581 Research Design and EDU598 Education Research Project.

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specialised knowledge of research methods in an education setting.
  2. Critically analyse key philosophical paradigms and traditions implicit in scientific research methodology and practice through a biblical framework.
  3. Clearly and coherently communicate ideas in a range of written forms.
  4. Design a research proposal addressing an education challenge or gap.
  5. Critically reflect on the biblical purposes, roles, principles, and outcomes of research in a Christian educational context.


Critical Reflective Pieces20%
Literature Review30%
Research Proposal50%

Subject content

  1. What is Research? Reality as Presence, Purpose, and Participation
  2. Research as Reason and Revelation
  3. Researching Visions of the Good: Methodological Implications in Quantitative and Qualitative Traditions
  4. Quantitative Research Methods
  5. Qualitative Research Methods
  6. Mixed Research in Education
  7. The Research Plan (Proposal)
  8. Research Ethics as Love in Practice

Prescribed text and reading materials

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2018). Research methods in education (8th ed.). Routledge.

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.