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To prepare students to read reports of educational and psychological research with critical
analysis, understanding and insight, so they are able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of
such research; to prepare students to consider the contexts and ethics of research in education
To develop knowledge and skills that are essential in a range of careers in education, psychology
and in the social sciences more widely, including forming research questions, literature searching
and reviewing, and quantitative and qualitative research design
To familiarise students with a full range of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques in
preparation to carry out independent research on topics in psychology in education.
Develop increased familiarity with a range of research designs, strategies and techniques,
including both quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., univariate and introductory multivariate
statistics; qualitative approaches)
Develop increased proficiency at designing and implementing commonly-used research
instruments in psychology of education, including questionnaires, interview schedules and
Gain practical experience of designing and implementing common instruments for data collection
in psychology of education through interactive workshops, practical sessions and computer-based
Be able to evaluate the appropriateness of techniques for different research topics, critically
describe strengths and limitations of different data collection methods, and know how to gather and
analyse data using each of these methods
Gain practical experience of a range of analysis techniques for dealing with data through practical
sessions and computer-based lab sessions, and increasing familiarity with statistics software
Gain a clear understanding of the characteristics of scientifically rigorous and ethical research
Academic and graduate skills
Critically evaluate academic arguments as presented in research reports using a range of
methods and data analysis techniques
Manage a range of sources and critically evaluate the reliability and validity of these in
informing and supporting academic argumentation
Understand how to prepare data for analysis
Ability to carry out quantitative and qualitative analysis of simple datasets
Use the VLE and Internet effectively
The two exams are both closed exams with no open notes. The reassessment exam is also closed with no open notes.
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.
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Field, A. (2017). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th ed.). London: SAGE.
Mertens, D. (2010). Research and evaluation in education and psychology: Integrating diversity with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Pallant, J. (2010). SPSS survival manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using the SPSS program (4th ed.). Berkshire, UK: McGraw Hill.