EDU-20020 - Research Strategies and Methods in Education
Coordinator: Sian Edwards Tel: +44 1782 7 34290
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

SOC-20046, CRI-20020

Description for 2019/20

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.

Aims
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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/edu-20020/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

Systematically collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate social scientific methods: 1
Explain the relationship between theory, methodology and method: 1
Plan, undertake and report on a small-scale research project that will evaluate various research strategies and methods for answering research questions / or testing hypotheses: 1
Identify and assess the ethical issues that may arise in relation to educational research in the design and carrying out of their research
: 1
Recognise, apply and evaluate particular techniques of data collection and analysis in educational research (interviewing, observation, surveys, textual methods)
: 1
Explore and critically evaluate relationships between research findings and policy contexts in relation to established research and their own research project: 1
Evaluate research outcomes and reflect upon the research process: 1
Analyse and evaluate texts in the form of policy documents, speeches or reports for the purpose of communicating ideas about educational issues: 1

Study hours

10-hour Lectures
10-hour Seminars
30 hours Lecture and Seminar preparation
40 hours Private Study
60 hours Preparation for essay (research project)

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Research Paper weighted 100%
Research paper
A small-scale research project that includes literature, review, methodology, findings and evaluation (3,500 word limit).