Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Independent Research Project or Dissertation is a negotiated piece of work of 8,000-10,000 words in length. Projects will be on an educational topic (broadly-defined) and should include explicit discussion of theoretical frameworks, methods involved in the collection of data, and matters of analysis and interpretation. The module consists of workshops which are organised around thesis writing and students receive individual support via a nominated supervisor. Taught sessions include topics such as: Conducting and writing literature reviews; Applying for ethical approval; Analysing data; Writing up the dissertation.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/edu-30071/lists
to enable students to work independently, but with the support of a supervisor to produce a significant piece of research in a defined area at the forefront of educational studies.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Recognise, interpret and evaluate theories, concepts, research evidence and policy in a defined area at the forefront of educational studies will be achieved by assessments: 1Design, undertake and evaluate an extended piece of research with due regard for the ethical issues posed by such research will be achieved by assessments: 1Apply established theories and methods of inquiry to understanding and resolving new and unfamiliar problems in areas of current research activity will be achieved by assessments: 1Assess the ethical issues that may arise in relation to educational research will be achieved by assessments: 1Describe and make critical judgements about developments in areas of research and policy in education will be achieved by assessments: 1Identify possible directions in which further empirical research and theoretical development might take place in areas of Educational studies will be achieved by assessments: 1 Identify and apply key priniciples across educational environments and contexts will be achieved by assessments: 1
13 contact hours (9 hours preparatory workshops; 4 hours one to one supervision) 287 hours independent study
1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
extended written report of research 8-10,000 words