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Researching English in Education - EDU00008C

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sarah Olive
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

This module focuses on skills for learning about education, skills for reading and undertaking educational research, and transferable skills. Skills developed through this module include analytical, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, presentation, ICT, research literacy, data analysis, and data presentation. Intended outcomes are an understanding of the purpose of educational research; an understanding of approaches to educational research; and an understanding of the impact of educational research. Students will develop their skills through application to a substantive topic in language and literature in education.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content
Students will consider the nature of research in educational studies and be introduced to the design and construction of educational research in order to become research literature. Particular attention will be paid to research involving literary analysis and qualitative approaches. They will apply this literacy to the understanding of a body of research on an educational issue in language and literature in education.

Academic and graduate skills
Students will develop their skills of communication, searching for sources, and analysing issues and ideas. Specifically, students will engage in group work, formal and informal presentations to the group, supplement their assigned readings with ones they have found, and critically examine issues and ideas relating to argumentation and research literacy. Moreover, students will develop their IT skills by interacting fully with the VLE (Yorkshare).

Module content

Autumn term

Week 2: An Introduction to research literacy

Week 3: An introduction to research styles and methods

Week 4: Ethics, reliability and validity

Week 5: Reading educational research

Spring Term

Week 2: Introduction to Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis

Week 3: Source Study

Week 4: Textual study/editing texts

Week 5: Activist research

Week 6: Reading week - no class

Week 7: Cultural history

Week 8: Economic criticism

Week 9: Rare books

Week 10: Performance studies

Summer term:

Week 1: Teamwork skills, overview of the module and assessment. Seminar: topic selection, ground rules, group forms

Week 2: IT skills for communicating educational ideas, Literature Review. Seminar: group work, literature review.

Week 3: Visual presentation skills, Group work health check. Seminar: 1 minute PPT Group presentation  

Week 4: Oral presentation tips. Seminar: elevator pitch.


Task Length % of module mark
1500 word essay
N/A 44
Critical Review of Research Report - 1000 words
N/A 33
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group podcast
N/A 23

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Critical review of research report
N/A 33
Reassessment: Essay
N/A 44
Reassessment: Short essay on the principles of a good vodcast - 750 words
N/A 23

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information. 

Indicative reading

Drew, P. (2006). Talk and interaction in social research methods. London: Sage.
Rapley, T. (2007). Doing conversation, discourse and document analysis. London: Sage
Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2007) Research methods in education (6th edition) London: Routledge.
Walford, G. (2001). Doing qualitative educational research: a personal guide to the research process. London: Continuum.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.