Research Methods in Education - EDU00034M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Paul Wakeling
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

To provide students with an introductory level of knowledge and skills in educational research methods.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

To provide students with an introductory level of knowledge and skills in educational research methods.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Nature of educational research.

  • Research design.

  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods.


Academic and graduate skills

  • Understanding and evaluating methods used in existing educational research.

  • Evaluation of research designs for different research questions.

  • Selection of suitable methods of data collection and analysis.

  • Ability to accurately and critically report research outcomes.


Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

  • Preparation for practical experience of conducting small-scale educational research.

Module content

Module Structure (week by week):

Week 1 - The nature of educational research
Week 2 - Experimental design
Week 3 - Interviews
Week 4 - Observation
Week 5 - Analysing qualitative data
Week 6 - Sampling and surveys
Week 7 - Quantitative data analysis I
Week 8 - Quantitative data analysis II
Week 9 - Quantitative data analysis III
Week 10 - Reporting research and presenting data

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Research Methods in Education
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Research Methods in Education
2 hours 100

Module feedback

You will receive feedback in a range of ways throughout this module. This will include oral feedback in class, responses to posts on the VLE discussion board and written comments on work. You will have the chance to obtain feedback on your writing during the module, and you will have a short one-to-one meeting with a module tutor to discuss assessments.

You will be provided physical written feedback on assignment report sheets as well as them being readily available on the VLE. 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

Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. and Hedges, L.V. (eds.) (2012) Research Methods and Methodologies in Education. London: Sage.

Bryman, A. (2006). Social research methods (3rd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2007). Research methods in education (6th ed.). London: Routledge.



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