The aim of the unit is to enable students to make an innovative contribution to understanding of learning in the student's professional field and disciplinary domain. Students prepare a proposal for a research-based inquiry project which implements a research design. This design is negotiated with a research advisor and builds on previous units in the Master's program. The proposal involves synthesis of the extended literature review, design of a research project with relevant methodology and indication of understanding of ethical protocols to address data collection. The students conduct data collection, analysis and reporting of a research based minor project, the focus and design of which has been negotiated with their advisor and the unit coordinator. Data may include curriculum documents, policy texts, a teaching and learning initiative, secondary analysis of existing data, interviews, observations or similar. Only negligible risk topics with non-vulnerable subjects are permitted in this unit. Students produce a report on the findings of the study, drawing on the literature and review of methods. They submit the thesis report for external examination.
PRESCRIBED TEXT - WAYFINDING AND CRITICAL ETHNOGRAPHY