Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is concerned with enquiry into educational issues. It relates to issues of theory, focus and method. Our aim is to provide students with an introductory experience of education research - of the questions it asks, the practices that it employs and the methods by which it seeks to find answers. In doing so, we aim to offer an insight of different traditions of research. Our overall intention is two-fold: first, to enable students to read, understand and assess educational research publications; second, to enable students to engage in small-scale research of their own, working on micro projects suggested as part of the module.
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The module is concerned with research into educational issues. It relates to issues of theory, focus, and method. Our aim is to provide students with an introductory experience of education research - the questions it asks, the practices that it employs and the methods by which it seeks to find answers. The module intends to: - enable students to read, understand and assess educational research publications; - enable students to design and engage in small-scale research of their own, working on small projects.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Systematically collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate social scientific methods: 1Explain the relationship between theory, methodology and method: 1Plan, undertake and report on a small-scale research project that will evaluate various research strategies and methods for answering research questions / or testing hypotheses: 1Identify and assess the ethical issues that may arise in relation to educational research in the design and carrying out of their research: 1Recognise, apply and evaluate particular techniques of data collection and analysis in educational research (interviewing, observation, surveys, textual methods): 1Explore and critically evaluate relationships between research findings and policy contexts in relation to established research and their own research project: 1Evaluate research outcomes and reflect upon the research process: 1Analyse and evaluate texts in the form of policy documents, speeches or reports for the purpose of communicating ideas about educational issues: 1
10-hour Lectures10-hour Seminars30 hours Lecture and Seminar preparation40 hours Private Study60 hours Preparation for essay (research project)
1: Research Paper weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
Research paperA small-scale research project that includes literature, review, methodology, findings and evaluation (3,500 word limit).