Action Research Project

The unit Action Research Project enables students to develop competency in a research approach that enhances their ability to reflect, inquire and act in diverse ministry/work contexts. As these contexts are usually complex, the research encourages students to work in a framework that integrates their learning across multiple disciplines. The unit is an Elective unit which, when applied to a specific Discipline, forms part of a Specialisation within that Discipline within the postgraduate awards.

This unit is generic and can be applied to any discipline or sub-discipline. A “research” generic unit can foster independent research and study skills. It can enhance initiative and creativity as students pursue ideas and areas of interest in the subject area. In this way, generic units seek to provide a learning environment that fosters increased independence in learning combined with more student-centredness.

Study Level



Can be offered in any discipline or sub discipline

Credit Points



54 Credit points



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Implement and evaluate a substantial action research project that integrates established theory, professional practice, and personal development;
  2. Synthesise current literature within the fields of the research project;
  3. Exercise advanced, autonomous leadership in a complex work/ministry-based context and apply established theories to the action being observed;
  4. Apply a framework of best practice action research to the observation of actions (by self and others) and the planning for continuous improvement;
  5. Establish the research findings as reliable and trustworthy in accordance with best-practice action research.
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