Singapore University of Social Sciences

Practitioner Enquiry and Learning

Practitioner Enquiry and Learning (ECE316)


ECE316 Practitioner Enquiry and Learning focuses on the importance of evidence-based practice and the importance of “insider” practitioner-designed research in educational settings as part of continuous teacher learning, innovation and growth. The systematic process of teacher enquiry through action research methods is emphasised as a thinking and learning tool to make informed decisions in curriculum and pedagogy.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER


  • Reflective practitioners and teacher-as-researcher
  • Professional learning and growth
  • Teacher research in educational settings
  • Teacher research designs in early childhood education
  • Selecting a purpose or a problem for practitioner enquiry
  • Literature review process
  • Drawing up a plan for investigation
  • Ethical considerations in teacher research
  • Generating qualitative data for teacher research
  • Generating quantitative data for teacher research
  • Interpreting and analysing patterns in data
  • Sharing and communicating learning points

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the steps involved in selecting a teaching problem and a suitable research design to investigate the problem and its solutions
  • Compare various data gathering and data analyses methods suitable for practitioner enquiry
  • Discuss the ethical dimensions of teacher research
  • Formulate teacher research questions
  • Employ data-gathering methods in a classroom
  • Review relevant literature for a topic of their choice
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