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This course is offered over two semesters and builds on the six-credit Introduction to Enquiry Methods and Innovation course in the Master of Education and Innovation Program. Before this course, students will have already started developing their plans for their enquiry and innovation project. They will have already drafted research questions and objectives in relation to a professional problem or challenge, identified their strategy for recruiting sample/research participants to their project, and designed the methods of data collection and processes and procedures of data analysis they will use. This course is designed for those students who opt for the research route within the Program. It takes students through the stages of thesis proposal development, implementation, data analysis, presentation of findings and project reporting. Students will plan and review individually their enquiry and innovation proposal on a topic related to a challenge or problem they face in their educational practice with the aim of addressing the problem through innovating with aspects of their practice. They will apply appropriate conceptual, methodological, and theoretical principles to their development and implementation of their enquiry and innovation proposal and project implementation. After obtaining ethical clearance to conduct the research, students will implement their proposal within the context of their practice by collecting and analysing data while observing ethical procedures, principles, and guidelines. Students will produce an original report of their inquiry and innovation project demonstrating (a) the usefulness of their innovation in helping them resolve the professional problem they identify through (b) the rigorous design and implementation of research and enquiry methods and processes. Students will be assessed by a written thesis which they will submit and orally defend before a panel of faculty.
Skill Level: Beginner